The England shot stopper who is also the first choice goalkeeper at Manchester City FC is said to be about to pen a new deal, which sees him extend his contract for another five years. This comes after several of his teammates have also signed contract extensions. Captain Kompany, David Silva, Aguero, Dzeko are some of the players who have signed new deals to extend their stay at the club and with Hart about to sign a new deal, the manager has certainly tied down the core of the players who won the league title last season.
The 27 year old goalkeeper who was signed from Shrewsbury in 2006 has been with the club for 8 years and he only became a first team starter after the2010 World Cup in South Africa, his performances were to say the least phenomenal that Shay Given was benched. His performance that season culminated in him being awarded “Premier League Golden Glove”. Eventually Shay Given left the next season while Hart went ahead to win the “Premier League Golden Glove” a consecutive second time, helping City lift the league and the following season also saw him winning the prize, though City lost out to Man Utd in the league race.
However, his form was called to question last season, with costly errors being made, the most notable was his clanger against Chelsea, when he and Nastasic collided, allowing Torres to score the only goal of the encounter which took place at Stamford Bridge. He was dropped by Pellegrini for almost two months and later came back to aid City in their title win. Apparently not convinced that Hart wouldn’t lose form, Pellegrini signed Willy Caballero from Malaga and so far this season, he has started 2 matches. The thinking must be that Hart became complacent due to no serious competition for his position and this thinking influenced the summer signing of Caballero. And already, it appears that Hart might have a problem with Caballero. He was vocal in his views about his being benched by Caballero and also, pointed out the fact that he had less than two years on his contract.
Certainly Caballero’s signing has kept Hart on his feet, as he has been producing the goods; one need only point to his man of the match performance against Bayern Munich to realize that he has gotten much better. Therefore, this deal will boost his morale and confidence and the fans will be happy for him, as they have been worried about his situation. I believe that Pellegrini has found the best way to ensure that Hart retains his form, an while he will have to be content to sitting out some games, there is assurance that he will at his very best, to limit caballero to just cup matches and this competition will limit the amount of goals conceded by the team as they look to defend their title and advance further in the champions league.