Mancini will have heart to Hart with Joe

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini admits he faces a dilemma

regarding Joe Hart and will hold talks with him this summer.

The Italian boss plans to hold talks with the 22-year-old

goalkeeper at the end of the season once his successful loan spell

with Birmingham ends.

Hart, who has been ruled out of the match at Eastlands on

Sunday as it is against his parent club, is enjoying an impressive


However, keeping both number one Shay Given and Hart happy at

City is another matter.

Mancini told the club’s website: “We have a very good

goalkeeper at the club in Shay Given. Shay and Joe Hart are two of

the best in the Premier League, and it is important to have two

good goalkeepers.

“The Premier League season is long, and if you are playing in

the Champions League, as well as the FA Cup and the League Cup,

then you need the players – you need two top goalkeepers.

“It is important that I speak with Joe in the weeks after the

Premier League finishes, then we will see about next season. He has

worked very well at Birmingham and he has developed.”

Such has been Hart’s good form at Birmingham he has been

tipped to win a place in England’s World Cup squad.

England manager Fabio Capello has been monitoring his

progress with both David James and Robert Green in sides at the

wrong end of the table.

Mancini added: “Joe could be at the World Cup – he is a good,

young, strong goalkeeper. Capello knows him very well now, and if

he decides on Joe, then that is a good choice.

“I’m happy for Joe that he’s doing so well but I’m also

pleased that he cannot play against us on Sunday!”