“Maybe there are other goalkeepers with more quality, but Joe, with training, can do it… with time”
“But his time is now. It’s not about what happens in six months or seven months.”
Hart goes into the new season battling a crisis of confidence in the wake of his shambolic performances at Euro 2016 with the Three Lions.
His unconvincing displays have raised question marks about his position at both club and international level.
He is expected to line-up against Sunderland tonight at the Etihad when Guardiola’s men kick-off their Premier League campaign.
But despite admitting he sees ‘quality’ in Hart, Guardiola refused to confirm if Hart would still be in the team or at the club past the August 31 transfer deadline.
Guardiola is keen to sign Barcelona’s German international Marc Andre Ter Stegen, as exclusively revealed in Starsport this week, to provide strong competition for Hart or even replace him.