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Tottenham boss Redknapp: Man City gaffed over missing Hart clause

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp says Manchester City gaffed over the lack of a recall clause for Joe Hart over his loan at Birmingham City.

City number one Shay Given is out of his side's three remaining games after dislocating his shoulder during last week's 0-0 draw against Arsenal.

With Faroe Islands international Gunnar Nielsen the only fit goalkeeper at Eastlands, manager Roberto Mancini applied to the Premier League for an emergency loan and subsequently drafted in Sunderland's Marton Fulop to face Aston Villa on Saturday.

Mancini had been keen to recall England goalkeeper Hart from his loan spell at Birmingham, but the Blues refused and the Premier League would have probably rejected the application anyway, fearing that City would have had an unfair advantage over their rivals.

Redknapp says he does not feel bitter about Mancini's actions, but admits City made a mistake in not including a recall clause in Hart's loan.

"They were talking about getting Hart back but there was no clause in the deal to bring him back," said the 63-year-old, whose side play Bolton at White Hart Lane tomorrow.

"You need to put the clause in the contract if you want him back, if you get injuries that's the key. It was probably an oversight on their part. They should have put it in.

"We haven't complained about it at all, it's no big deal.

"Fulop used to play at Spurs before I came here. The lads here say he was a good goalkeeper. It'll be a tough test for him tomorrow though, Villa are on good form."



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