Guardiola: Hart must improve quickly

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has warned that Joe Hart must learn to play with the ball at his feet or face the prospect of losing the number one jersey.

The former Bayern Munich mentor has sent a clear warning to the England international goalkeeper regarding his ability to play the ball out from the back.

"Joe is a goalkeeper and with a goalkeeper I talk to him and say: 'Here is the ball at your feet' and about what he has to do rather than what he has to do with his hands," he told Goal.

"We have Xabi Mancisidor [goalkeeping coach] for that. So we have had a chat."

Second-choice goalkeeper Willy Caballero featured throughout the Citizens' pre-season friendly games and if Guardiola's words are anything to go by – Caballero could don the number one jersey in City's opening Premier League encounter against Sunderland.

Guardiola is adamant that with training, Hart's ability to play with his feet will improve. However, the former Barcelona coach was quick to point out that Hart is quickly running out of time.

"He's comfortable. He has quality and he can do that… with time. I'm not saying he's unable to do it.

"Maybe there are other goalkeepers with more quality at that. But Joe, with training, he can do it – with time. 

"But his time is now. It's not about what happens in six months, seven months," Guardiola concluded.

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