"What has happened is that we have actually approached Manchester City with a view to buying him..

"They very politely rejected our approach to them to purchase him. They have said they will let him stay here for another season on loan, but he is not for sale."

Pannu continued: "They appreciate the way Alex has built him up, he has got a very strong reputation in England. They appreciate that and will give us priority on the loan deal.

"He will be with us for another season, unless anything changes. That is the position."

Hart's doing exceptionally well at Birmingham and so this is clearly the best option for all parties. I still think that he will never play for City again, but this is the safest option while he's still contracted to us.