Man City boss Pellegrini explains position on Hart

Joe Hart will not be guaranteed a starting spot despite being restored to the Manchester City line-up for their win at Fulham.

The England goalkeeper was recalled by boss Manuel Pellegrini for his first Premier League game since City’s defeat at Chelsea on October 27.

Pellegrini said Hart’s display at Craven Cottage, when he twice denied Fulham’s Adel Taarabt, would keep him in the side for now but warned there were no guaranteed spots for any of his star-studded squad.

The City manager said: “Joe deserved to play today and at the moment he deserves to continue.

“When [Costel] Pantilimon started, I spoke with Joe and he understood perfectly that he was not in a good moment.

“But he’s been working hard and I thought he deserved another opportunity.

“He did well but we will see what happens every match.

“We have a squad and as a manager I have to make a decision every week as to who will play, not only Joe Hart.”

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