Friday 10 March 2017

Joe Heart Says He Is Surplus To Requirements

Joe Heart

Hart joined Italian side Torino on a season-long loan in August after being told he was free to leave City by manager Pep Guardiola.

The 29-year-old added that he saw the Spaniard's decision to drop him coming.

"If you're not going to win there is no point in fighting, especially someone as powerful as that," Hart said.

However, Hart believes the decision was "nothing personal" and said he respects Guardiola's honesty.

"He didn't do it to ruin my life, he did it because he thought that was what was right for him to win as a manager," he told the BBC's Premier League Show.

Hart's 33-year-old replacement, Claudio Bravo has been criticised for his performances since his £15.4m arrival from Barcelona in August, with Willy Caballero, 35, preferred in the Premier League and Champions League since 21 January.

Guardiola has said he will not make a decision on Hart's future until the end of the season - but it is expected the keeper will leave the club for good in the summer.

Hart, who has 68 England caps, has been linked with various Premier League and European clubs but said he has had "no communication with anyone" about a transfer after his loan spell at Torino ends in May.

When asked about a return to the Premier League, Hart replied: "I know it really well but I wouldn't say it was top of my wish list.

"Top of my wish list is to play for a club that wants me to be their goalkeeper."



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