England and Torino of Italy goal keeper Joe Hart has said that he has no hard feelings towards Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola fer he was unceremoniously dumped from the Man city squad and replaced by Claudio Bravo from Barcelona.
The goal keeper who joined City in 2006 as a teenager was off loaded through a one-season loan deal that still guarantees him ample playing time.
While speaking to the media on Friday, Hart was asked about the circumstances surrounding his exit from Man City. He was asked if Pep Guardiola had been honest with him. Hart said: “It was fairly obvious to everyone …, He was open with me.”
“Football’s football… and it resulted in me looking for a new club and, as I said, I’m very happy to be where I am at the moment.
“I absolutely love to play football and it looked like my options were limited. It was an easy decision for me.
“I’m very thankful for the opportunity and I’m proud and happy to be here. I’m looking forward to hopefully having a good season.”
“I was looking for an experience outside of English football,” added Hart. “Every day at City I trained with players from all over the world who’ve managed to make the move to England. So for me it was an amazing opportunity to experience a new style of football.
“I feel confident I can come over here to learn the language and embrace the culture.
“To get the opportunity to try a new league, which a lot of English players don’t get the chance to do, was too good an opportunity to turn down.”
“Goalkeeping in football is ever-evolving. I’m very open-minded to improve and learn every day,” he said..
“I play football because I love football. Playing regular football is the most important thing for me. I love playing for my country… but it’s an ambition of mine to play first-team football.
“My options at City were limited so I’m very grateful to be here. I’m only on loan here and, technically, I’m supposed to go back to City.
“But my focus is on playing for Torino. The (long-term) future will take care of itself but my future is here, it’s on Sunday when we play Empoli.”
Speaking about the harsh criticism received from fans following his recent unimpressive form, Hart said: “People say bad things about me every single day, but football is about opinions and I don’t take things too personally.