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'Fighter' Hart happy with Caballero competition

ESPN staff
August 19, 2014
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Joe Hart has vowed to fight to keep his place in the Manchester City side after new signing Willy Caballero arrived to threaten his position as the first-choice goalkeeper.

Caballero joined for £4.4 million from Malaga, where he was signed by City manager Manuel Pellegrini, and the Argentine, who was a regular in his days in Spain, played in City's Community Shield defeat to Arsenal.

But Hart returned to the City goal for the start of the Premier League season and kept a clean sheet in Sunday's 2-0 win over Newcastle.

Willy Caballero was brought in to challenge Joe Hart for City's No.1 spot © Getty Images

And the England international is determined to do whatever it takes to stay in the defending champions' team.

"It suits me," he told the Manchester Evening News. "I'm a fighter, I've been a fighter all my life. I'll continue to do that. I'll carry on trying to perform to my best and hopefully keeping clean sheets.

"I wouldn't say it's given me an extra edge because I've always had an edge. Caballero is a great signing."

Hart has been City's first-choice goalkeeper since displacing Shay Given in 2010, although Pellegrini did drop him for seven league games in November and December 2013 when Costel Pantilimon deputised.

Now the Romanian has gone and Hart accepts he faces more of a battle with Caballero, adding: "We were sorry to lose Pantilimon to Sunderland and we wish him well but Willy has come in. We know he's a great keeper and what he's done at Malaga. He wants to play as much as I do.

"But I've got the place at the moment and I'm going to do everything I can to keep it. You always want to look to improve, whether it's small margins or big margins."

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