Pep Guardiola will let Joe Hart leave Manchester City if he asks to go – but believes the goalkeeper will improve if he stays to fight for his place.
The England international – who so far is not known to have requested a transfer – was left on the bench for the club’s Premier League opener, a 2-1 win over Sunderland, last weekend.
Exclusives News Gathered That Everton manager Ronald Koeman has been linked with a move for Hart, while Sky understands the player would consider going abroad for the sake of getting first-team games.
Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund are thought to be among the 29-year-old’s continental suitors after he was replaced in the starting line-up by Willy Caballero.
The Spaniard said: “Yes, of course (I would be open to letting him leave if he asked me). I want happiness for the players.
“I don’t want players to stay here if they are not happy. I said to him, if he stays he is going to improve. He is going to understand what we want from our goalkeeper.
“I met a lot of players in the beginning who had their problems, but after one month, two months to one year, they become the best in their position.
“Right now, today, Willy is better in that position. But that doesn’t it is going to happen in the future. If they stay I will help them.”
“I spoke with Joe from the first time we met in China. I’ve tried to be clear with him. I have a lot of respect for him as a goalkeeper and a person.
“I know his values, I know his talent and I was clear what I am looking for. If Joe stays here it will be a player that is going to fight with the other goalkeepers to convince me to play.
“He knows from the beginning how I feel and what is the situation. Maybe he is staying, maybe he is leaving, this is the same for a few other players.”