Joe Hart has publicly declared that he needs to leave Manchester City this summer in the search of regular first-team football.
The Manchester City goalkeeper has endured a torrid couple of seasons, which has seen him relegated to a third-choice, unwanted member of Pep Guardiola’s squad and even further down Gareth Southgate’s pecking order for England.
Following Guardiola’s arrival in the Premier League in 2016, Hart was immediately pushed out of the Etihad exit door, heading off to Serie A club Torino on a season-long loan, before being sent out to West Ham in the following campaign.
He is currently back training with the Man City squad on their tour of the USA but does so knowing that he is the third choice goalkeeper at the Etihad behind Ederson Moraes and Claudio Bravo, both who have been brought in over the last two seasons.
He has recently been linked with a surprise move to Chelsea, and now the 31-year-old has expressed his desire to leave:
“I need to go somewhere permanent, I think that’s obvious,” said Hart, who missed out on selection for England’s World Cup squad.
“I did what I did in the previous two seasons because I needed to play to be involved in the World Cup – and look where that got me.
“I’m experienced, I’ve played at the highest level for a long time and done a lot of things in the game. I need to be an important player at that club and I think that can only happen with a permanent move.
“Of course, if I don’t find a solution which suits both parties, I’m contracted to Manchester City. I need to do what’s right for me and my family and that’s the decision I’ll be making. It’s a tough one, but it’s a situation which will be resolved.”