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MAN CITY DOWN UNDER: Sterling, Delph, Roberts signings not to maintain British identity - Hart

Joe Hart insists Manchester City's trio of signings so far this summer have not been swayed by the club's apparent need for English players.


City have landed Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph and Patrick Roberts in this transfer window but goalkeeper Hart says the additions were not solely made to maintain the club's British identity after losing the likes of James Milner, Frank Lampard and Scott Sinclair.

"The club has (already) got that. I've been here a long time and I've enjoyed every moment of being at this club," said Hart in Melbourne.

"We are a proud Premier League team and I'm pretty sure we have made those signings because they are very good footballers. It just happens to be that they are English players which is great for me as well.

"But we look to sign the best players that we can and the two (Sterling and Delph) have already proven themselves in the Premier League.

"They are exciting talents and obviously Patrick has got a great reputation and we are going to hopefully build him and make him one of our stars of the future."

City take on Italian giants AS Roma at the MCG on Tuesday as part of the 2015 International Champions Cup before meeting Real Madrid at the same venue on Friday.

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