City refuse to rush Hart decision

BY foxsports • March 31, 2010

Hart has been in outstanding form since his temporary switch from Eastlands and has emerged as a strong contender to be part of England's World Cup squad. McLeish is keen to retain Hart's services for another 12 months and ideally would like to get approval from Roberto Mancini sooner rather than later. But the former Scotland boss has been told he must hold fire until the summer. McLeish said: "City are not going to make any decisions regarding Joe until the summer. "They have confirmed that to us now. "We would like to sign Joe for another season. The keeping role is massively important and that's why I'd like to get City's nod of approval. "That would help us in terms of us knowing what we are doing but there will be no news until the summer." McLeish is full of praise for the way Hart has adjusted to life at St Andrew's after the arrival of Shay Given at Eastlands saw him lost his first team spot. He said: "A top class keeper can save you 10-12 points every season and Joe has certainly done that already. "I believe he has done well enough to go to the World Cup but it is down to Fabio Capello. I am not picking his team." Meanwhile McLeish remains optimistic that left-back Liam Ridgewell and midfielder Sebastian Larsson will sign new deals with Blues. The duo are both out of contract in the summer although Blues can take up two year and 12 months options respectively. McLeish said: "We're working on Liam and Seb. As far as I'm aware, we are quite close with things. I'm sure the guys will get a fair offer each." Ridgewell has slotted in effectively into his new role after previously playing predominantly as a central defender. Larsson has lost his place in the starting line-up recently to January signing Craig Gardner but remains a player McLeish wants to keep in assembling his squad for next season.

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