Joe Hart never had a chance of remaining or reclaiming the no. 1 goalkeeper’s job at Manchester City once Pep Guardiola took over in the summer. He knew it from day one under the Spaniard’s watchful eye.
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In the end, Hart went out on loan to Serie A side Torino after Guardiola made his feelings about Hart quite clear — whether verbally, or through intimation. As for England’s 29-year-old no. 1, he’s already looking forward to sealing the best possible move away from the Etihad Stadium this summer — quotes from the Guardian:
“I don’t think City are going to be standing in the way — if somebody really wants me, then I’m probably going to be made available. So it will be about talking and working out what is next and what the best move is for whichever club that might be and for myself.
“I’ve not been sent here to see how I do or see if I improve. I’ve been sent out because I wasn’t wanted. I’m not here to prove what I can do, I’m here because I need to look elsewhere and I didn’t have a chance to sort anything permanently.
“I came in after the other players because of the Euros, and when we first had a conversation he said he had his reservations about me. I shook his hand, I said it was professionally honest, but not what I wanted to hear. I said I wanted to work for him and see what happens but I got the impression that it wasn’t really going anywhere. I got the feeling I wasn’t going to play.”
Hart won’t be short on options when his loan spell ends and the summer transfer window begins. Just about any mid-table side in the Premier League would view him as a massive replacement over their current starter, while a big-money move for any one of David De Gea, Thibaut Courtois or Hugo Lloris could pave the way for Hart to take the slightest of steps down and once again compete for PL titles.