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Pep: Hart’s future uncertain, will play in preseason

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Joe Hart has returned to Manchester City after spending last season on loan at West Ham, and his future is very much up in the air as it stands.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was asked about Hart’s situation at the pre-match press conference prior to City’s International Champions Cup match against Borussia Dortmund. He confirmed they are shopping the English veteran. “We’re going to try and make a solution for Joe,” Guardiola told reporters, “but if not then he is with us. He’s one of the best professionals I’ve ever seen but at this moment he is with us.”

Guardiola also confirmed that Hart would play in the preseason game against Dortmund. Starting goalkeeper Ederson is not on the roster for the US preseason tour, having returned from participation in the 2018 World Cup with Brazil, although he didn’t play as he served as Alisson’s backup.

The former #1 England goalkeeper, Hart has struggled mightily in recent seasons. He last played a full Premier League season back in 2015/16, starting 35 games for Manchester City. However, he lost his place the following year and was loaned to Italian top flight club Torino. He had mixed success during his one year in Italy and was loaned out to West Ham last campaign with Ederson and Claudio Bravo entrenched at his parent club. Hart only made it half the season before losing his starting spot for the Hammers, replaced by Adrian. That saw him lose not just starting job with the England national team but his place in the squad, forcing Gareth Southgate to take a trio of inexperienced goalkeepers to the World Cup, leading to the emergence of Jordan Pickford.

West Ham returned Hart to Manchester City at the end of the season, and here he sits in limbo again. Hart has just one more year left on his contract, but according to the Manchester Evening News, wants to leave this season on a permanent deal anyway.

Tomorrow, Hart will get the opportunity – albeit a small one – to showcase himself to potential suitors. If he gets another chance to play in the ICC (Manchester City plays Liverpool and Bayern Munich before heading home to England), he will have another opportunity to plead his case.

Man City GK Ederson extends contract until 2025

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MANCHESTER, England (AP) Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson Moraes has signed a two-year contract extension, tying him to the Premier League champions until 2025.

The 24-year-old Ederson joined from Benfica on a six-year deal in the last offseason and has been one of City’s key players in its record-breaking title triumph with his shot-stopping and distribution.

City announced the contract extension for Ederson on Sunday, the day the Premier League season ended. City conceded the fewest goals in the league, 27 in 38 games.

Ederson is expected to be in Brazil’s squad for the World Cup starting next month.

Txiki Begiristain, City’s director of football, says “Ederson has shown in his first season at the club that he has all the attributes needed to become one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

Huddersfield stuns Man City in scoreless draw

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  • City blanked for 2nd time this season
  • Town goes three clear of 17th
  • Champions get PL trophy
  • City move to 94 points

Huddersfield Town picked up a stunning clean sheet and point at Manchester City on Sunday, putting a small dark cloud of City’s Premier League trophy celebration at the Etihad Stadium.

For Man City, it’s the first time they’ve been shutout at home this Premier League season and the second time in all competitions (Wolves in the League Cup).

Huddersfield Town’s 36 points with two matches to play are three more than 16th place Swansea City and 17th place Southampton, who play each other in the run-in.

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Jonas Lossl and the Town defense were under pressure early, with David Silva forcing a save as Man City set up shop within five minutes of kickoff.

Town got a fine chance off a quickly-played free kick to Florent Hadergjonaj, but Ederson was able to get low on the Swiss back’s less than ideal effort.

That seemed to snap City back into the match, with Kevin De Bruyne coming within a yard of snapping Leroy Sane’s cut back inside the near post.

Town’s Alex Pritchard knuckled a shot toward goal in the 20th minute, and Ederson did well to tip it just past the post for a corner.

Man City was undoubtedly the dominant side in the second half, but could not break Town down. Bernardo Silva missed the far post in the 84th minute with a chance that had the Etihad Stadium crowd gasping in disappointment.

Scott Malone nearly stole a stoppage time win from City, but Ederson made a save during four minutes of stoppage time.

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Keeper Ederson hopeful he can score this season for Man City

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The prospects for a goalkeeper scoring during a match are usually uncommon, but that hasn’t halted Manchester City’s number one choice from aiming to break the trend this season.

Ederson — who has moved into the starting role at the Etihad Stadium with relative ease in 2017/18 — has dreamt of scoring a goal of his own for the Premier League champions in waiting.

“I heard the fans chanting my name, asking me to take the penalty but Gabriel went there,” Ederson said. “Unfortunately he missed it and Bernardo happily scored. But if the manager have asked me to go there, definitely I’d score.

“I’m not sure if I would be able to do set-pieces, but I’m good at penalties, either using power or technique on shooting it. But City have [their] regular penalty-takers and we are well-served.

Citizen supporters chanted for the goalkeeper to take a penalty kick over the weekend in the team’s 5-0 win over Swansea City.

However, Gabriel Jesus was the man selected for the opportunity, but had his attempt saved by Lukasz Fabianski before Bernardo Silva was in the right spot to score the game’s fifth goal.

“If Pep asks me to take it, I’m there,” Ederson said of the penalty kick. “Hopefully it will happen [before the end of the season], I’d like to score.”

This isn’t the first time Ederson has discussed exploring opportunities outside of the net, though.

The Brazilian shot-stopper has long been a fan of former Brazil international goalkeeper Rogero Ceni — who scored 65 goals for club side Sao Paolo.

Earlier this season, the 24-year-old joked around with the media, saying that he’d be more than happy to fill a role in the midfield when City was experiencing some injury issues within the squad.

Manchester City to brink of Premier League title

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  • Jesus scores early
  • Gundogan converts controversial PK
  • Eriksen pulls one back before half
  • City out shoots Spurs 17-7

Raheem Sterling won a penalty kick and later scored a goal of his own as Manchester City rebounded from a nightmare week to belt Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan also scored for City, who is now two points from the Premier League title and would clinch Sunday if West Brom upset Manchester United.

Christian Eriksen scored for Spurs, whose 67 points are three back of third place Liverpool with a match-in-hand.

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Man City almost had a stunner right off the bat, with David Silva slipping Raheem Sterling to the right end line. Sterling crossed for Leroy Sane, who belted a gorgeous side volley off the post from 15 yards.

Jesus put City ahead in Route One fashion from Vincent Kompany, and it was only 1-0 for a short period of time.

Jon Moss awarded a penalty to City when Hugo Lloris barreled over Raheem Sterling on the edge of the 18, and Gundogan scored about as a pretty a penalty as you’ll see, kissing it off the post to make it 2-0 in the 25th minute.

Ben Davies went studs-up into Kompany and drew the Belgian’s ire and a yellow card.

Kane sent Eriksen through on goal, and the Danish attacker got a fortunate bounce for a fine finish to make it 2-1 in the 42nd.

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City grew back into the match over the first 15 minutes of the second half, but both Jesus and Sterling wasted prime chances to restore the two-goal advantage.

Sterling butchered a chance to make it 3-1 by dribbling around a prone Hugo Lloris only to get his shot blocked by an also prone Kieran Trippier.

Yet he’d score off the ensuing corner kick when Lloris palmed Jesus’ effort onto Sterling’s path. 3-1, 72′.

Ederson collected a low Eriksen shot in the 87th minute, and parried a Lucas Moura effort in stoppage time.