Outcasted Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, who has spent this season on loan in the Serie A with Torino, has reiterated his love for his parent club but admits that he may be ‘surplus to requirements’ and is unsure where his long-term future lies.
Hart was City’s first-choice goalkeeper before the arrival of Pep Guardiola last summer when his distribution and ability with the ball at his feet came into question. Veteran Claudio Bravo was brought in to replace Hart but has failed to live up to expectations in his debut season, leaving City fans with doubts as to whether Guardiola made the right decision in allowing Hart to leave and leading to speculation that the 29-year-old could return to the fold at the Etihad.
Speaking to the press before England’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania, in which Hart will captain his country, the fans’ favourite was coy on which jersey he would be wearing come the start of next season but admitted that ‘something has to give’ at City.
“I am not getting too wrapped up in that for the moment,” said Hart on the speculation about his future. “I am lucky enough to have people working for me on the business side of thing. My job is to try to be the best I can. Wherever I go for the start of next season I want to be at my peak, coming off the back of a good season.”
Hart also went on to declare his love for City and claimed that he would always hold the club closely to heart. “I loved being part of Manchester City and while they wanted me, there was nowhere else to look,” he said. “But things have changed a little bit and I want to be part of the best team I can be part of, that wants me to be their keeper.”