Pep Guardiola has stated he will let goalie Joe Hart leave the club if he puts in for a transfer request.
The England international has been sidelined since the beginning of the season, with Willy Caballero preferred against Steaua Bucharest and Sunderland.
And Guardiola says he would allow the England No.1 to go if he came and requested a transfer, although he did insist he will improve if he decides to stay.
“Yes of course,” he said at a press conference. “I want happiness for the players, I dont want them to stay here if they don’t want to stay.
“All the players here have a contract, if they decide they are going to stay they are going to stay. But they know the situation when I spoke with them. The situation, I spoke individually with them, so they know exactly what the situation is.
“I don’t know if the players are not happy here, or if they want to stay. They decide the future because they have the contract. If they want to stay, they will stay. We will fight together to achieve, if they want to leave because they prefer to play every game… but I’m not speaking about Joe, speaking about all the players at the club.
“There is no doubt about that.”
Although Hart’s chances of winning his place back would appear especially slim if Bravo completes his move as expected, Guardiola is insistent that the Englishman can get his game up to speed if he shuns a transfer in the next fortnight.
The Catalan, in fact, spoke at length about the Hart situation, explaining why he has been left out of the opening games and how he can improve in the future.
“I said to him in the first moment: If he stays, he’s going to improve,” he added.
“He’s going to understand what we want, what we want from our goalkeeper. I met a lot of players at the beginning who had their problems – I’m not talking about the goalkeepers – they had their problems at the beginning, but after one month, two months, six months, one year, they became one of the best players in that position. That can happen.
“But when Willy played those two games, right now, in that situation, [it is because] he is better. Today. But that doesn’t mean it [can’t change] in the future. They have to decide if they want to stay or if they want to leave. If he wants to stay here I want to help him, after every week I am going to decide.