Joe Hart happy to leave Birmingham in safe hands as Ben Foster moves from Manchester United

12 May 2010 09:32
Goalkeeper Joe Hart has backed Ben Foster to successfully fill his role at Birmingham next season.  

Foster is set to complete his move from Manchester United to St Andrew's for a fee that could rise to £6million.

Hart admits he wanted to stay at Birmingham but has been recalled by his parent club Manchester City after a successful season-long loan with Alex McLeish's side.  

Return: Hart goes back to Eastlands

New start: Foster to join Birmingham

But he has no doubts that Foster, starved of first-team opportunities at Old Trafford, will be an ideal replacement.  

Hart said: 'I think Ben will do it easily (follow me). He is a fantastic keeper.  

'Ben has had some harsh criticism at Manchester United this season but, if he does turn out to be the Birmingham keeper next season, he will do a good job.'

Hart wanted to remain at Birmingham but accepts the final say was with Manchester City.  

He said: 'I just waited for my orders, and my orders were that I went back. I am contracted to Manchester City so that's where I will be.  

'I will admit, it's sad. But it was out of my hands. If I could have stayed at Birmingham, I would, but it wasn't down to me.  

'I didn't really want to leave but I was told that I have to. It's just the way football is.'

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Source: Daily_Mail