Take HART Joe – Guardiola set to axe England keeper

Bayern Munich's Spanish coach Pep Guardiola reacts during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Juventus and Bayern Munich at the Juventus Stadium in Turin on February 23, 2016.  AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP / GIUSEPPE CACACE

Pep Guardiola is set to make his first tough call as Manchester City boss by axing England and City number 1 goalkeeper, Joe Hart.

The Daily Mail reports that the former Barcelona boss is set to pick Willy Caballero ahead of Hart for their Premier League opener against Sunderland.

Guardiola is reported to be interested in signing Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen before the close of the transfer window, which may prove more problems for Hart.

The England international didn’t start pre-season with the rest of the City squad following his exertions with England at the Euros, and it is believed that may have contributed in Guardiola’s decision to start with Caballero instead.

“Joe has quality and he can do that… with time,” Guardiola said. “I’m not saying he’s not able to do it.

“Maybe there are other goalkeepers with more quality of that. But with training Joe can do it, absolutely. With time. But his time is now – it’s not about what happens in six months, seven months. Now he is a player for us.

“Joe is a goalkeeper and with a goalkeeper I talk to him “here is the ball at your feet” rather than what he has to do with his hands. We have Xabier (Mancisidor, goalkeeping coach) for that. So we have had a chat about that.”