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Joe Hart opens up on Man City exit, as emotional chat with Pep Guardiola revealed

Goalkeeper Joe Hart has revealed how a conversation with Pep Guardiola in 2016 signalled the end of his Manchester City career.

Hart joined the Citizens from Shrewsbury Town in 2006. He helped them to win several trophies, including two Premier League titles, in the aftermath of their big-money takeover.

In 2015-16, Hart made 47 appearances in all competitions for Manchester City and kept 18 clean sheets. His solid displays saw them reach the semi-finals of the Champions League, only to be beaten by Real Madrid.

Guardiola arrived at the club that summer and quickly decided to change things up. Chile shot-stopper Claudio Bravo was signed from Barcelona for £15.4million.

The manager also promoted Willy Caballero to second choice, demoting Hart below his former deputy.

That left the England international in a precarious position, forcing him to join Torino in a deadline-day loan deal.

Hart then had spells at West Ham, Burnley and Tottenham before linking up with Celtic in August.

Joe Hart getting regular game time at Celtic

He is their first-choice keeper and has even been captain on several occasions. The 34-year-old is enjoying the fact he is finally a regular starter.

However, while appearing on the In The Stiffs podcast, Hart spoke about his emotional chat with Guardiola.

Former Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart

“I wanted to get in the door and have this conversation,” Hart revealed. “He was very knowledgeable on my background, very knowledgeable on what we did, how I played football. It was a two-hour conversation that kind of ended with him saying, ‘I can’t see this working’.”

Guardiola had reservations about Hart’s ability to play out from the back. Hart stood up for himself, but to no avail.

“I said, ‘I don’t agree with you’. He said, ‘I’ll be the first person to be proved wrong but what I see in you isn’t what I want from my goalkeeper’.

Keeper wanted Guardiola opportunity

“I was like, ‘it’s only fair I be given the opportunity’. He said, ‘of course you’ll be given the opportunity, but…’. As soon as there are any ‘buts’ at the end you know there’s a decision.

“I wanted the opportunity to be coached by one of the best at it. 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.”

The player still loves the City faithful, even if his exit from the club was a painful one.

“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,” he added.

“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.”

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