Joe Hart believes himself ‘surplus’ to Man City requirements

Joe Hart has revealed that he believes himself a ‘surplus to requirements’ at Premier League club Manchester city.

The England goalkeeper joined Torino in the Serie A on a season-long loan in August after being told he was free to leave City by manager Pep Guardiola.

Hart, 29, said that he saw the Spaniard’s decision to drop him coming, but believes the decision was “nothing personal” and said he respects Guardiola’s honesty.

“If you’re not going to win there is no point in fighting, especially someone as powerful as that,” he said. “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.”

Claudio Bravo, 33, brought in by Guardiola for £15.4m from Barcelona in August as Hart’s replacement, has been peppered with criticism for his performances. Willy Caballero, 35, was now 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’s future is clouded further as he 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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