Torino head coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has confirmed he would like to keep Joe Hart at the club next season, although a permanent deal is out of the question.
England international goalkeeper Hart is coming towards the end of a season-long loan stay in Turin, having fallen out of favour at Manchester City following the arrival of former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola last summer.
I would like Hart to stay at Torino, but we know - the club and him too - that we can't buy him.Sinisa Mihajlovic
And Mihajlovic is in no doubt that he would like to see Hart stay, while accepting that if City seek to sell their player then Torino will be unable to compete for the signature.
"I would like Hart to stay at Torino, but we know - the club and him too - that we can't buy him," Mihajlovic told the Italian media.
"At the most, we can take him on loan for another year, but it depends on what Manchester City want to do and what he wants too.
"We would like to know this soon, because if we have Hart here next year then that is one thing, but if not we have to make other plans.
"Torino can only take him on loan for another year, so it is up to City to decide, but we need a decision quickly so we can plan the future."
Citizens boss Guardiola had earlier stated that no decision would be taken on the future of Hart until the season draws to a close, adding: "At the end of the season we will speak – we follow all the players who are (out) on loan."
Meanwhile, Torino are back in action on Saturday and are 1/1 to claim a Serie A victory at home to Crotone, while they are 1/1 to keep a clean sheet and Andrea Belotti is available at 1/1 to score the first goal of the game.
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