Both players will be offered fresh contracts that will reflect their status as important members of the first-team squad.
"We are in the early stages of negotiation with both players and their representatives," confirmed the club.
Exactly the news we wanted to hear.
Having finalised Michael Johnson's five year deal, Hart and Sturridge must be next to be offered long term contracts. Hart's terms do not reflect the progress he has made in the last twelve months, and Sturridge could theoretically leave on a Bosman at the end of the season.
We have heard in the press recently of potential new deals for Hart and Sturridge, and today's piece further confirms this.
Should Hart sign the five year deal rumoured, he will join Micah Richards, Michael Johnson and Pablo Zabaleta as contracted until summer 2013.
These are the players around whom you build a dynasty.