Manchester City keeper Joe Hart tipped to earn new deal by John Ruddy

Joe Hart's England colleague John Ruddy has backed the Manchester City keeper to land a new contract as he wants to stay at the Premier League champions.

Joe Hart is yet to add his name to the list of star turns to have committed their respective futures to Manchester City.

It is, however, expected to be only a matter of time before fresh terms are thrashed out.

There is no rush, with England’s number one tied to the defending Premier League champions until the summer of 2016.

A failure to put an extension in place has sparked unwanted rumours though, and City are eager to bring them to a close.

All sides have expressed a desire to meet at the negotiating table and Hart’s international colleague, Norwich City’s John Ruddy, is among those tipping an agreement to be reached in the near future.

He told Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday on Hart’s value to club and country: “I don’t think anyone has come close in the last five years. He had a struggle last season, a bit of a dip in form, but it shows what great character he has got and great mentality that he comes back and he’s even better.

“He’s got everything about him - he’s athletic, he’s good with the ball at his feet, he pulls off saves with his feet, his arms, everything. He has got that spread and is a top, top goalkeeper and a great guy as well.

“I’m pleased that he is now looking to sign a new deal because I know how much he likes it at Man City and how much he doesn’t want to leave. I can’t see anyone shifting him any time soon.”

  SavesPunchesTotal High ClaimAccurate Goal KicksAppearancesMins Played
Joe Hart 33 14 21 42 15 1,350

Reports suggest that City are ready to tie Hart to a new five-year deal.

Such an agreement would take him through the peak of his career and past his 30th birthday.

It appears to be a move that would make sense for all concerned, with it important for City to have stability in key areas of the field as they chase down more major honours.

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