‘I’ve Got Nothing At The Moment’ – Joe Hart Unclear On Future But Accepts Man City Career Is Over
English goalkeeper Joe Hart is eagerly waiting to listen to offers but admitted that his Manchester City future is over after Guardiola roped in Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson this summer.
Man City splurged €40million to secure the services of the 23-year-old goalkeeper from Benfica and this has now left Hart clueless about his future after spending the last season on loan at the Serie A club Torino.
Hart drew huge criticism after failing to deal with Leigh Griffiths’ free-kicks in a 2-2 draw with rivals Scotland in the World Cup qualifier clash and Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate hinted that he would use one of his other options between the sticks against France in an international friendly on Tuesday.
And Hart now wants a stability in his club career and is eyeing a permanent move rather than another move on loan from Man City.
Hart said: “I would love to give you a poker-face answer, but I’ve got nothing at the moment.”
“People are focused on international duty and respecting that players are focused on international duty. Come Tuesday, I don’t know how everyone else finishes, but after that is when conversations can be had and people can start being real.”
“I’d love to be withholding information about my future, but I don’t have the information to withhold. My personal situation is interesting and patience is going to have to be the key. I’m lucky that I’ve got this great distraction of being involved with my country and then we will see.”
“It’s a strange world, the goalkeeping world. You look at some of the top teams in the world that have got the best strikers and they are looking to buy another top striker,” Hart continued.”
“But if you have got a top goalkeeper, you are not often looking to buy another goalkeeper. It’s a game of chess and my situation is different to everyone else’s, and we are going wait and see how it plays out.”
“We all need stability in our life. I’m not a kid any more, I can’t just pack my stuff like a 19 or 17-year-old and go on loan. I am a 30-year-old man with stuff I need to organise. I like stability. There is an ideal situation to come out of this, but nothing is perfect. It’s a short career and football is crazy, so I have to be prepared for anything.”
“I need an offer first and then I need to work out my options if I have choices. I want to be playing at the highest possible level, pushing myself. It’s a short career. I want to push everything out of me. Physically, I feel in great condition and I want to go again.”
Hart revealed that he holds no harsh feelings for City boss Pep Guardiola, who axed him after taking over at the Etihad last summer.
He added: “Not really,” Hart said when asked if he had been in contact with the club. They have obviously signed the new keeper and I get the direction.”
“There is no real need for me to talk to them, I’m lucky enough to have management who deal with that side of things. I think they spoke to my agent. There is no animosity between the two camps. They are going about their business and we are going to go about ours.”
“I don’t know exactly what the price will be. It’s hard to say if it’s realistic. Football is a business at the end of the day. You can’t judge, realistically. The millions and zillions of pounds that get paid for someone to come and play football for you in the real world is strange. In the business world, the football world, it’s not.”
“I certainly don’t think they are going to try and price me out of a move. I think there’s enough respect between the player and club to work together. There’s no point in working against each other. There’s no animosity between the two. They are going in their direction and I need to go in mine.”