Hart: Pep Guardiola never gave me a ‘fair fight’ at City

Date published: Tuesday 3rd October 2017 9:10

Joe Hart believes that Pep Guardiola never afforded him a “fair fight” at Manchester City.

Hart’s eight-season monopoly over the City goalkeeping spot came to an end last campaign, as Guardiola sought to change the club’s playing style.

The new manager signed Claudio Bravo and favoured Willy Caballero over Hart, who was loaned out to Torino.

An underwhelming year in Italy followed for the England keeper, who is now out on loan again at West Ham.

The 30-year-old still believes that Guardiola “wanted to get rid” of him without giving him a “fair” chance.

“That’s life and that’s football. We all want a fair chance at everything but that’s not how it works,” Hart told football podcast The Offside Rule.

“Me waiting for that to happen and waiting for a fair shot at things, that’s not the industry.

“I’m up for a fight, a fair fight, it’s good for me and if I lose I’ll shake hands with my opposition. But I realised this wasn’t going to be my opportunity for a good fight so I thought I’d look elsewhere.

“I’m not going to second guess why he wanted to get rid of me. The only thing that came of it is that I need to leave. Why he did it or what the intentions were I don’t really care because it makes no difference to me, it makes no difference to my life.

“It would be a lie to say I didn’t want to spend my whole time at Man City, I would happily played for them for the rest of my career and not played abroad, but it was too good an opportunity to turn down.

“With a couple of days remaining in the transfer window it was third or fourth choice at City or to go and play in Serie A with Torino in a beautiful city so I took it.”


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