Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed that telling goalkeeper Joe Hart that he had no future at the club has been the toughest decision he has had to make since taking over the reigns at the Etihad in the summer of 2016.
Even before the 47-year-old coach arrived in Manchester it was rumoured that he would offload the then England number one in favour of a ‘keeper more adept at playing the ball out from the back.
Sure enough not long after Guardiola took over at the Etihad he signed Claudio Bravo from his former club Barcelona. Hart was then loaned out to Torino, and this season West Ham were it must be said he has enjoyed mixed fortunes.
Bravo would struggle badly himself last season as City finished third in the table. But Guardiola did not think of turning to Hart again, instead signing Brazil international Ederson from Benfica, who has been nothing sort of superb during this campaign as the Citizens have romped to the Premier League title.
However, the former Barca and Bayern Munich coach has now opened up on just how difficult it was for him to allow Hart to leave the club he made over 300 appearances for.
“I think it was the toughest decision I’ve made since I was a manager,” Guardiola said.
“He was an incredible professional when we were together, and no doubts about his quality.
“But I am here to make decisions, sometimes good, sometimes not. We will find out in the future.
“He’s our player and, if he does not continue here next season, we will talk. We are going to speak with the club and will take the right decision for him.”