Everything you need for the new 2016-17 Premier League season
Aug 13 2016 by Michele Stevens
Guardiola, who also wants to sign Barcelona keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen before the end of the transfer window, admitted on Friday that he's not had enough time to work on Hart's footwork before the new campaign.
And despite spending nearly £ 120m on new signings since succeeding Manuel Pellegrini earlier this summer, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach remains determined to make two further additions to his squad.
Guardiola hinted that he might hand John Stones his City debut on Saturday in his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon but Nicolas Otamendi will face a late fitness test to determine whether he'll be involved.
'The off-season went quite quickly due to the play-offs but we would all have taken that to be back in the Premier League.
"Of course we have 28-29 players and of course we have to reduce our squad, that's true". City has won the league once more (in 2014), which is widely considered a poor return given the wealth and players at the disposal of a club owned by the Abu Dhabi royal family. Hart endured a chastening Euro 2016 with England, making glaring errors in the matches against Wales and Iceland.
Reports suggest Hart will not be number one for their Premier League opener - on Saturday at home to Sunderland - and Guardiola said the England worldwide must adapt or face losing his spot in the squad all together.
"Finally we could pick Stones up and it's important for us to have a young, English player with a huge talent".
After a four-year gestation period, the Pep Guardiola era at Manchester City begins in earnest tomorrow when his side tackle Sunderland in their opening Premier League fixture. "That is why we took him".
4) Liverpool - A bit of a darkhorse for fourth, I think.
It has been all change at Everton, where Ronald Koeman has succeeded Roberto Martinez as manager and Wales captain Ashley William has come in to replace the Manchester City-bound John Stones.
However, Leroy Sane, City's £38m acquisition from Schalke is not fit, with a hamstring injury that will rule him out of the first leg of their Uefa Champions League qualifier against Steaua Bucharest on August 16.
But despite not being in the best place, Guardiola will not accept soulless performances.
What time does Man City v Sunderland kick off? "But to play with soul and something inside we don't need time", he explained.
"They may not have the ideas straight in their head about what Guardiola wants, I agree, there is probably no better time to play against them".
Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak attended training today and will be at the Sunderland game and Guardiola welcomed his employer's presence.
Guardiola has met Moyes once before in the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League when Bayern Munich knocked out United at the quarter-final stage. "We are going to see which players will stay, which players are going to be loaned, which are going to be sold, which players coming".