Former Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has revealed his conversation with manager Pep Guardiola which led to his exit.
Hart signed for City in 2006 and established himself as the club’s number one helping them win the 2010/11 FA Cup, the first in 32 years. When Guardiola took over as the manager, Hart’s fortunes at the Etihad turned against him.
The 34-year-old has finally revealed the details of the conversation he had with the Spaniard which saw his career come to an end.
“I wanted the opportunity to be coached by one of the best at it,” he said, during a recent appearance on the ‘In The Stiffs’ podcast.
“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.”
“I didn’t agree with it, but looking back and even at the time, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. I’d love to be here and be a part of it, but if that’s not what you see we need to work out the best way to go.”
“I couldn’t say to him, ‘Are you mad, just watch me go out there and play this exact system’, I didn’t know it, not one of us knew it, but the goalkeeper is a very specific position, and he was ahead of his time in making it that position, so the fact he knew he couldn’t just drop me into it that was enough for him.”
Forever in heart
“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.”
Joe Hart on speaking with Pep Guardiola about his #ManCity future: “He was very knowledgeable on my background, how I played, a two-hour conversation that kind of ended with him saying, ‘I can’t see this working’. I said ‘I thought that might be the idea, I don’t agree’…”
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