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Joe Hart: I wasn’t wanted at Manchester City and I won’t return

Joe Hart has confirmed that he wanted to fight for his place but wasn’t wanted by Manchester City.

Joe Hart was sent out on loan to Torino earlier this season despite wanting to fight for his place in the Manchester City team. The England international confirmed that he wasn’t wanted by Pep Guardiola and his staff, prompting him to move on temporarily before deciding on his permanent future away from the club.

Speaking to Soccer Saturday, Joe Hart said:

“This is the second time I’ve gone out on a season-long loan, I’ve not been sent here to see how I do or see if I improve. I’ve been sent out because I wasn’t wanted.

“I’m not here to prove what I can do, I’m here because I need to look elsewhere and I didn’t have a chance to sort anything permanently.

“The way I look at it, I want to do as well as I can for Torino and if somebody comes in for me I don’t think Manchester City are going to stand in my way.

“I said I wanted to work for him and see what happens but I got the impression that it wasn’t really going anywhere, I got the feeling I wasn’t going to play. I spoke to the chief executive and said: ‘You want me to go don’t you?’ He didn’t stop me with what I was saying.

“I’m up for a fight but you’ve got to be clever and pick your battle. It was the opinion of a guy who has got a lot of power at the club and I wasn’t on the right side of it.”

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