Joe Hart was Manchester City’s number one goalkeeper prior to 2016, but Pep Guardiola’s arrival signalled the end of his time at the Etihad as the Spaniard brutally deemed him not good enough
Joe Hart has shed light on the brutal talks with Pep Guardiola which saw his Manchester City career come to an abrupt end.
The Celtic stopper was City’s first choice prior to the summer of 2016, however, Guardiola’s arrival swiftly changed that. The Spaniard craved a goalkeeper with better footwork and promptly purchased Claudio Bravo from Barcelona.
Hart slipped to third choice in City’s pecking order with Guardiola even preferring former back-up Willy Caballero to the ex-England number one. The 34-year-old has now opened up on his discussions with Guardiola, revealing that he had his City career “taken away” from him following a brutal two-hour conversation.
Hart told In The Stiffs podcast: “I wanted to get in the door and have this conversation. He was very knowledgeable on my background, very knowledgeable on what we did, how I played football, it was a two-hour conversation that kind of ended with him saying ‘I can’t see this working’.
“I said ‘I don’t agree with you’. He said ‘I’ll be the first person to be proved wrong but what I see in you isn’t what I want from my goalkeeper’.
“I was like ‘It’s only fair I be given the opportunity’. He said ‘of course you’ll be given the opportunity, but…’. As soon as there are any ‘buts’ at the end you know there’s a decision.
“I wanted the opportunity to be coached by one of the best at it. Of course I didn’t know how to do it, why would I know how to do something that I’d never been asked to do or taught to do?
“I suppose he was right, I couldn’t do it, he couldn’t just drop me into a team to play like he wanted to at that moment in time. It was taken away from me, but so what?
“I’m not bigger than anyone and if that’s my path then that’s my path. The people of Manchester City will forever be in my heart, I’ll forever be grateful for that, but the team, the hierarchy, they’re businessmen.”
Hart only made one appearance for City during the 2016-17 campaign before then being shipped out on loan to Serie A side Torino. A year in Italy was followed by another season-long loan, but this time back in the Premier League with West Ham.
In the summer of 2018, Hart sealed a permanent exit from the Etihad, joining Burnley for a fee in the region of £3.5million. After two seasons at Turf Moor, the former City stopper move to Tottenham, but once again struggled for game time.
Having made a mere 10 appearances for Spurs, eight of which came in the Europa League, Hart move on once again last summer joining Scottish giants Celtic. The Englishman has been a mainstay in their side ever since.
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