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By ESPN Staff
Jan 4, 2008

Eriksson: Isaksson can leave Manchester City

Goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson has been told he can leave Manchester City, manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has revealed.

The 26-year-old Swede has been forced to play second fiddle at Eastlands since last month after Eriksson finally plumped for promising youngster Joe Hart as his number one.

The City boss used the first half of the season to experiment with a trio of keepers - Kasper Schmeichel, now on loan at Cardiff, being the third.

But with Hart now established as Eriksson's first choice, Isaksson is free to find a new club this month as he seeks to cement his place in Sweden's squad for next summer's Euro 2008 finals.

'Andreas is extremely professional, he didn't like my decision of course, that's understandable and he's disappointed,' said Eriksson.

'But there has not been one bad word, he's working as hard as the others and doing fantastic training.

'If he wants to go, we said okay. If he wants to go I understand it absolutely, so it's totally up to him.'

Speculation has linked the former Rennes stopper to Turkish giants Galatasaray, but Eriksson insists there have been no approaches made so far.

'I've heard a lot of rumours from different countries, but so far there has been not one word to the club or me.

'I spoke to Andreas yesterday and asked him if he had a club and he said 'no'.'