Hart stands by Man City teammates

Joe Hart has insisted the current Manchester City side is not in need of breaking up and overhauling despite their failing attempt at defending the Premier League title won last season, ESPN has reported.

It has been suggested that City will react to falling 12 points behind leaders Chelsea with five games to play – to Chelsea’s six – by embarking on a significant change in personnel, with the likes of Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri, Aleksandar Kolarov and Edin Dzeko touted for the exit door.

But Hart has argued that the years this group of players has spent together is a strength, not a weakness, having won two Premier League titles and the FA Cup, dating back to when much of the squad was first brought together under Roberto Mancini, predecessor to current manager Manuel Pellegrini.

“We’ve been together a long time,” Hart said. “A couple of years ago we were fairly new but we had a difficult season, came away with nothing. We have grown together as a group, there is a good line of communication between manager, players and staff. We feel like we can get through whatever gets thrown at us.”

Hart himself has been a City player since a 2006 move from Shrewsbury Town, the club at which he began his career. The 28-year-old spent time on loan at Tranmere Rovers and Blackpool before he was sent to Birmingham City for a year, eventually becoming the first choice at his parent club, as well as for England. He has gone on to play almost 300 games for City.

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