Hart refuses to be drawn on Man City ‘situation’ after return

Michael Graham
Joe Hart: Heading for City exit

Joe Hart admits there is “a situation” with him at Manchester City, but refused to shed any light on his future at the club.

Goalkeeper Hart, who was named captain on what could be his final City appearance, received vocal backing from the home supporters amid speculation over his future under new boss Pep Guardiola.

Fabian Delph headed the only goal on the night at the Etihad Stadium as City completed a 6-0 aggregate win over Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League play-off.

When asked about his future, Hart told BT Sport: “That’s not for me to say; it is what it is.

“That was a really special night for me. I’ve had a lot of good nights in football.

“We all know there’s a situation going on but I feel that inside, outside of all the circus, we are handling it well as a good team with a good management staff.

“This is a special place for me, there’s never been any secret made of that. It’s the place I’d love to be but situations occur in football but we’re men and we get on with it.

“Tonight was really nice and I really appreciate the people at Manchester City and it turns out they appreciate me.

“It’s a situation, we’ve got a top manager that the club’s wanted for a long, long time and he’s going to have his opinion on things.

“Outside of the charade and all the rubbish that is talked we are dealing with it like men and we are going to come up with a solution.”

Hart’s ability with the ball at his feet has been cited as a possible reason for any departure, but when told he had a 100 per cent pass completion rate on the night, he joked: “Pigs do fly!”