ESPN FC: Homesick City blues
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola is adamant there is no way Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will join Manchester City.
Neuer, who joined Bayern from Schalke for 22 million euros in 2011, has been linked with the 2012 Premier League champions as questions remain over the future of Joe Hart.
However, Guardiola insisted he will not sell the 27-year-old, who has won 44 caps for Germany, telling reporters: “No chance.”
Neuer helped Bayern lift the Bundesliga, the DFB-Pokal and the Champions League last season and was in goal when they won 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium in October.
Hart made mistakes for goals Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben scored that night and lost his place in the City side after his mistake allowed Fernando Torres to get a winner for Chelsea on Oct. 28.
Since then, Costel Pantilimon has played in City’s last seven games against English opposition, with Hart’s only club game coming against Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League.
Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed Hart will line up against Bayern in the Allianz Arena on Tuesday, though, and he said in his news conference on Monday evening: “For him, it’s a very important game and he must not think about the past, but think about the future. I’m absolutely sure and I trust in him.”
City have also been linked with goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who played for Pellegrini at Malaga.