Blues boss has finally lost patience with the Englishman.
New Manchester City head coach Manuel Pellegrini wants to replace out-of-favour goalkeeper Joe Hart with departing FC Barcelona No 1 Victor Valdes at Eastlands at the end of this season, according to reports in the Sunday Mirror.
The England international was recently given the chop by the experienced Chilean after making a series of high-profile blunders for the mega-rich Premier League outfit, and as a result Hart has since been replaced in goal by Romanian Costel Pantilimon.
However, Hart had hoped to be recalled for City’s Premier League contest against struggling Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Sunday afternoon, only to discover that Pellegrini plans to stick with his back-up shot stopper while he scours the European market for a new No 1.
And the man that Pellegrini is understood to have identified for the role is the Liga champions’ Spain international, who has already informed Barca that he will definitely be quitting Camp Nou next summer in order to pursue a new challenge in his career in a foreign league.
But if City are unable to convince the in-demand Valdes to make the move to Eastlands for next season – big-spending Ligue 1 side AS Monaco are believed to currently be the favourites to sign the Spaniard – then it is believed that Pellegrini will try and sign Queens Park Rangers shot-stopper Julio Cesar instead.