Apr 20, 2017
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Manchester City round-up: Liverpool’s links quashed; Claudio Bravo pledges allegiance; Gael Clichy speaks FA Cup

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According to reports in The Sun, Liverpool are considering a surprise move for outcast Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart over the summer transfer window.

With his days at the Etihad Stadium numbered after a fall-out with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola last summer, it was reported that the Reds were lining up a £20 million bid for Hart.

 

However, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has moved quickly to quash any talk of Hart arriving at Anfield this summer, with the following quotes published by BBC Sport:

“He’s [Hart] a fantastic keeper, the highest quality, but it’s not for us at the moment, nor in the future.”

Meanwhile, reports in The Sun have also claimed that current Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is set to stay and fight for his place at the Etihad Stadium despite his poor first season.

Signed from Spanish giants Barcelona for around £17 million last summer with the intention of being City’s number one, the Chilean has struggled to make a mark on the Premier League this year.

It was believed that the 34-year-old could be facing the exit door this summer, but reports suggest that is happy to remain at the club and prove himself as a number one goalkeeper.

An anonymous source close to the club said:

“Claudio is planning to stay for at least next season. He is now getting to grips with the language to help with the demands of the league.

“Pep wants to bring in a new goalkeeper, but Claudio has no intention of cutting his losses and running in his first year of his contract.

“He is willing to fight for his spot in the starting eleven and he is hoping once his English improves, his communication with his defence will as well.”

It is still understood that Guardiola will be in the market for a new goalkeeper, with Joe Hart on his way out on a permanent basis and Willy Cabellero’s contract running out once the season ends.

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Aside from transfer speculation, Manchester City defender Gael Clichy has said that Pep Guardiola’s first season in England can still end in success if they win the FA Cup.

In a season where the title has gone and Guardiola failed to reach the Champions League quarter-final stage for the first time, City still have a shot at winning England’s top domestic title.

They travel down to London on Sunday to face top four rivals Arsenal, and Clichy has insisted that a piece of silverware would count as a successful opening campaign in England.

Speaking to The Mirror, the City defender said:

“A team like Manchester City, of course, you expect them to fight for the Champions League, you expect them to be close for the title race.

“But in the end, the FA Cup is a major trophy in England. People love this competition and, of course, we’re going to try hard to get it done.”

If selected for the semi-final on Sunday, the 31-year-old – who has made 21 appearances in the league this season – could face up against the side he spent eight years at.

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