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By ESPN Staff
Jan 29, 2008

City 'keeper Isaksson keen on Galatasaray move

Manchester City goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson looks set to follow Georgios Samaras and Rolando Bianchi out of the exit door at Eastlands.

Manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has told the Sweden international he will not stand in his way providing all parties can come to an agreement.

Isaksson has indicated that Galatasaray is his preferred choice before the window closes on Thursday as he is keen to get games under his belt before Euro 2008 in June.

Eriksson said: 'He wants to leave and there are a couple of possibilities for him to do that.

'I will not stand in his way. He is still young and is a regular for Sweden.

'He wants to play in Austria and Switzerland this summer and perhaps he does not feel there is enough space for him here.'

Isaksson is convinced he will get games in Turkey.

'I've made it perfectly clear that I want to leave and it's Galatasaray that matters to me now,' he told Expressen.

'Finally there is a club willing to invest in me. This is my last chance and I hope they (Manchester City) don't throw a spanner in the works.

'Galatasaray have said they're buying me in order to play me. It's not acceptable sitting on the bench, I'm not happy about it.'

Eriksson - who has allowed Greece striker Samaras to join Celtic on loan - will again name Joe Hart between the posts against Derby at Pride Park tomorrow.

The Swede believes Hart is developing into being one of the best goalkeepers in the country.

Whether he is drafted in to the squad by new manager Fabio Capello for the friendly against Switzerland next month remains to be seen.

Eriksson said: 'If you are talking about experience, yes it is too soon for him.

'But if you are talking about quality, no it is not too soon.

'If they pick him, he will handle it very well.

'The focus on the England team is enormous but he would learn a lot from the experience.

'If he is not in this squad it will not be long before he is selected, maybe in one or two years.'

Eriksson expects Hart to bounce back after the FA Cup defeat by Sheffield United which came about in bizarre circumstances.

Hart was caught out for the opening goal after being distracted by a cluster of balloons in the penalty area and team-mate Michael Ball's miskick.

Eriksson said: 'You cannot blame Joe for what happened. The referee should have stopped the game for one minute.

'There were 20 to 30 balloons on the pitch, not just one or two.

'Maybe you can blame the referee for the goal but not for the result. That was our fault.'

With Samaras moving to Glasgow and Bianchi on loan at Lazio, Eriksson is down on numbers when it comes to strikers.

Emile Mpenza could retain his place up front although Daniel Sturridge might come into contention after his wonder strike in the cup game.