Mar 25, 2014, 8:55 AM EDT
With Iker Cassilas and Diego Lopez already on board, it seems as though Real Madrid are not content at having two world-class ‘keepers in their stable.
Oh no, they want three.
According to reports from the UK and Spain on Tuesday, Manchester City and England goalkeeper Joe Hart is at the top of Carlo Ancelloti’s shopping list, with the 26-year-old earmarked as the long-term replacement for both Lopez and Casillas.
Lopez is the current number one after ousting Spanish international captain and Real legend Casillas from the starting spot in the last two seasons. However both players are 32-years-old and it is believed Madrid are looking to the future and want to tempt Hart to make the switch to Spain.
But would this shock move really come off?
Let’s look back to earlier this season, when a serious of blunders saw Hart dropped from Man City’s starting lineup as Costel Pantilimon took his place. Since he was dropped, following a horrendous last-minute mistake to hand Chelsea all three points in a massive game back in October, Hart has come eack in fine-form to prove his doubters wrong.
Hart will be between the sticks for the Three Lions this summer in Brazil, and with a Premier League title already under his belt and four full-seasons in the PL, he’s certainly racked up plenty of experience at such a young age for a ‘keeper. Most goalkeepers don’t get the chance to break into a first-team until they are approaching their late 20’s, but Hart already has 354 appearances to his name. Remarkable.
With Casillas expected to move on this summer if he continues to be understudy to Lopez at the Santiago Bernabeu, suddenly a spot will open up at Real Madrid. Of course Manchester City do not need the money, but they may feel it could be the perfect time to sell Hart and cash in while his form is good, in order to get the maximum fee for the product they’ve nurtured since 2006.
A move to Madrid may suit Hart, and England, as the goalkeeper may feel a switch from the pressure cooker of the PL will help him develop as a ‘keeper. That said, the main reason for joining Real would be success in Europe, as City have yet to make it past the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League, while every season Real are genuine contenders for the biggest trophy in club soccer.
Hart to Real Madrid? Fact or fiction? Whatever you make of the rumor, Real will have to freshen up their goalkeeping situation soon. Looking to the future, they seem to have their heart set on Hart.
May 25, 2015, 11:12 AM EDT
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May 25, 2015, 10:01 AM EDT
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May 25, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT
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May 25, 2015, 8:45 AM EDT
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May 25, 2015, 7:54 AM EDT
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May 25, 2015, 12:30 AM EDT
MLS is reportedly pursing the signatures of Andrea Pirlo and Didier Drogba.
May 24, 2015, 11:32 PM EDT
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May 24, 2015, 9:28 PM EDT
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May 24, 2015, 8:10 PM EDT
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May 24, 2015, 7:30 PM EDT
Final: NYRB 0-2 Philadelphia Union
May 24, 2015, 6:20 PM EDT
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May 24, 2015, 5:25 PM EDT
Manchester City ended its Premier League season in second place, and manager Manuel Pellegrini is optimistic about his job safety.
May 24, 2015, 4:25 PM EDT
Dortmund has its first signing in the post-Klopp era.
May 24, 2015, 4:00 PM EDT
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May 24, 2015, 3:00 PM EDT
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May 24, 2015, 2:36 PM EDT
The club won just three of its final 14 matches, nosediving out of a Champions League position and leaving the manager without a job.
May 24, 2015, 2:15 PM EDT
Red Devils boss talks about the futures of DDG and Falcao.
May 24, 2015, 2:07 PM EDT
This summer will be key, especially if Middlesbrough brings another set of Northeast Derbies to the Premier League. What’s next for Newcastle?
May 24, 2015, 1:45 PM EDT
Arsenal finished the season in third place and put on a good showing in their final match of the season.
May 24, 2015, 1:21 PM EDT
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