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Pep Guardiola to Manchester City speculation is inevitable - Joe Hart

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has told CNN speculation that Pep Guardiola will be taking over from Manuel Pellegrini in the summer is "unavoidable."

Guardiola, 45, has been strongly linked with a move to the Etihad since he confirmed he would be leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the Bundesliga season, with the Premier League his intended destination.

"It's unavoidable -- we all see it, we're not stupid," Hart said of the speculation.

"At the same time, we accept that you hear stuff that is totally not true every day about each other or other people or people you know.

"So there's a lot of stuff around football. All of us are in the mindset that stuff goes on around us, but our goal is to win things and be involved in the moment."

The England goalkeeper praised Pellegrini, who has won the Premier League and the Capital One Cup at City, as a "very straight down the middle" character.

He said the 62-year-old Chilean has "always said if we don't play well as a team over certain period of time, we'll be moved on, he'll be moved on."

"That's Manchester City, that's how it works, that's the club we're at," Hart added. "I can't talk for him, but he seems to live in the moment.

"I'm happy under the manager I'm with at the moment for both club and country. I'm pleased to work for them. I'm glad that they've picked me as their goalkeeper, so I'm happy as I am.

"Pep has done some great things in the game. I'm sure he'd be a pleasure to play under, but right now I'm more than happy to play under Manuel and Roy [Hodgson]."


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