Joe Hart: Pep was making it very clear that I had to leave Manchester City

Joe Hart: Pep was making it very clear that I had to leave Manchester City

Joe Hart considers his last competitive appearance for Manchester City to be the most emotional game in his career.

England international Hart made 348 games for the Blues after joining from Shrewsbury Town as a youngster back in 2006, but his time at the club was unexpectedly ended by Pep Guardiola.

Shortly after arriving at the club in 2016, the new manager ditched the established No.1; Willy Caballero began the season in goal and Claudio Bravo was bought from Barcelona to be the new regular keeper.

Before Hart left the club on loan in August 2016, he was given the opportunity to play a final game for the club at the Etihad. Rather than accept the offer to play, the shotstopper left it to Guardiola to decide whether he would feature but was grateful for the support of the fans that night.

"Pep was making it very clear that I had to leave Manchester City," he said in an Instagram Live.

"I played one game where it was a few days before the end of the transfer market, it was a Champions League qualifier against Steaua Bucharest. He asked me if I wanted to play and I just said: 'Listen, you're the manager. You decide whether I play or not, I don't make those decisions'.

"I played, it was at home, and it was emotional. It wasn't nice but it was also awesome to be in a stadium full of love and people who made it very clear that it wasn't their decision that I was leaving."

Hart spent the next two seasons on loan at Torino and West Ham respectively before making a surprise return to the City squad for their pre-season tour in 2018 and earning a permanent move to Burnley.

However, the former City and England No.1 has struggled for game time at Turf Moor and is looking to move on in the next transfer window. Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook
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