Pellegrini not ready to discard goalkeeper Hart

OUT of favour goalkeeper Joe Hart will not leave Manchester City in January, according to his manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Hart has been dropped for City’s last five matches, but is set to return between the posts for tonight’s visit of Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League.

The England stopper’s long-term future at the Etihad Stadium remains in doubt though, but Pellegrini insists he is keen to keep Hart at the club.

“There is no chance that Joe Hart could go out of this squad in January,” he said.

“There is a lot of news about six or seven goalkeepers that we want to buy but it is not true.”

Captain Vincent Kompany is sidelined tonight by a thigh injury, while Stevan Jovetic and David Silva are out with calf injuries.

City have already qualified for the knockout stages for the first time in their history, but still harbour hopes of usurping holders Bayern Munich to win Group D.

“I think it is very important to win the group,” Pellegrini added.

“It is not the most important thing, the most important thing is to qualify, but it is very important to play well also.”