Joe Hart has opened up about his future, admitting he doesn’t expect to ever be wanted back at Man City under Pep Guardiola.
The England goalkeeper was quickly ushered out of the Etihad following Guardiola’s arrival in the summer and has been on loan at Torino this season.
He’s been persistently linked with a permanent switch to another Premier League club, with Liverpool regularly coming up as a potential destination. Hart says he’s not yet spoken to anyone, nor is he set on a return to England. The most important thing for the stopper is to be wanted.
‘I’d say I’m pretty much surplus to requirements at my parent club at the moment,’ he admitted to the BBC Premier League Show.
Asked if he sees the situation changing, he said: ‘Not really,’ adding, ‘I’ve got to be realistic. I love that club and I always said as long as they wanted me I would be there. But I was always cautious when I said that because I’m aware at the big, big clubs stuff can change quickly – opinions and people in charge. Not everyone’s going to like you, not everyone is going to want to play you. That’s the business side of it which I’ve grown into. I want to play football, I love to play football so if that opportunity is not going to be given there then I’m going to have to look elsewhere and I may have to make somewhere else my home.’
Addressing the transfer speculation surrounding him, Hart said: ‘It’s frustrating to see my name thrown around so much when I’m just trying to get on with what I’m doing for now. Obviously whatever needs to get taken care of will hopefully be taken care of one way or another. I’ve still got a parent club that I need to respect and I need to work with.
‘I don’t know where my future lies in terms of team wise because I’ve certainly had no communication with anyone.’
Asked if his preferred choice would be a return to the Premier League – where he’s also been linked with Chelsea if Thibaut Courtois were to leave Stamford Bridge, he said: ‘I’m open. I love the Premier League, I absolutely love Premier League games. Remove myself as a footballer I watch the Premier League. It’s a great league. I know it really well. But, I wouldn’t say it’s top of my wish-list, the top of my wish-list is to play for a club that wants me to be their goalkeeper.’