Pep Guardiola insists Joe Hart’s Manchester City future will be determined in the summer.
The England goalkeeper has said he “is pretty much surplus to requirements” at the Etihad Stadium and does not expect to be back at the club next season.
The 29-year-old is currently on loan at Serie A club Torino having lost his place at City following the signing of Claudio Bravo earlier in the campaign.
Bravo’s subsequent struggles – Willy Caballero has been preferred to the Chilean for seven of City’s last nine games – have raised questions about the wisdom of this arrangement.
Guardiola recently appeared to close the door on the possibility of a Hart return, maybe prompting the keeper’s latest remarks, but the City manager claims nothing has yet been decided.
Speaking at a press conference to preview City’s FA Cup quarter-final at Middlesbrough this weekend, Guardiola said: “I have said many times we will explain about all the cases at the end of the season – the cases of the players that are here, the players who are happy or unhappy and the players who are on loan.
“Joe is a player for Manchester City and we are going to decide at the end of the season.”
Hart, who has 68 England caps, appears to think his future lies away from City.
He told the BBC’s Premier League show: “I’d say I’m pretty much surplus to requirements at my parent club at the moment.
“I want to play football, I love to play football. If that opportunity’s not going to be given there then I’m going to have to look elsewhere and I may have to make somewhere else my home.
“I don’t know where my future lies, in terms of time-wise, because I’ve certainly had no communication with anyone.”