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Joe Hart takes a subtle dig at Pep Guardiola

Sri Nishanth
4.89K   //    09 Oct 2016, 20:34 IST
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28:  Joe Hart of Manchester City looks on from the bench with Aleksander Kolorov and manager Josep Guardiola during the Premier League match between Manchester City and West Ham United at Etihad Stadium on August 28, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Joe Hart was obviously unhappy being the second choice keeper at Manchester City

Joe Hart has spoken about the unexpected turn of events since Pep Guardiola took over at Manchester City saying that he knows Guardiola wouldn’t change his mind on the England No. 1 and hence had not hesitation in moving to Italy. Joe Hart and Yaya Toure were the high profiled casualties at Manchester City after the Spanish coach took over in the summer. 

"Football is a game of opinions and some people have a great opinion of me and some people probably think I'm absolutely useless," said Joe Hart, after keeping a clean sheet in England’s 2-0 win over Malta on Saturday.

"Unfortunately for me, one of the guys' opinions in charge of my club at the time wasn't as strong as it needed to be. So I needed to find someone who had an opinion of me who thought I could help their team.”

I’m still learning a lot’

Joe Hart believes there a lot of room for improvement even at the age of 29. He seems to be happy at Torino after initially being slightly skeptical and shocked by the move.

"I need to improve and improve all the time because I'm still learning the game and the game is changing all the time; I love trying to improve -- I love that challenge. I want to keep developing until I physically can't.”

I have to think selfishly about the whole thing and try to be what I'm capable of being. People have their opinions and will make statements on how things are and what they are,” said Joe Hart reacting to the whole transfer saga.

"They might be right, they might be bang on. Some people you struggle to argue with -- they've got a lot of strong backing to what they say and what they do.But I can only really look after me. I'm always looking, I'm always watching -- I see new ideas, I like new ideas and I've got to work to my capabilities. Whatever I'm capable of, I need to be the best I can,” said the English goalkeeper. 

Torino was the right option: Hart

"I'm not going to lie, I wasn't sat there with 25 options," Hart said. "Torino was a really good option for me and it definitely excited me to go to play in Serie A and to play for Torino. That fit, in the situation I was in, was a good decision. It's not about making brave decisions. It was a decision I had to make and was comfortable with; I felt I was capable of doing it and where my options were it was the best one for me in my opinion.”

"I'm at Torino with a huge commitment to the club, huge commitment to the season, the culture, the football and I'm going to give it my all. Whatever happens, happens,” he added.

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Sri Nishanth
Third year Sports Management student studying at Loughborough University. From Chennai, India and based in Loughborough, UK.
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