Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart made his first appearance for the reigning Premier League Champions since August 2016 in the friendly loss to Borussia Dortmund in the USA on Friday night.
But the player is sure to be shoved into the background once the new season begins.
Joe Hart spent the past two seasons out on loan to Torino and West Ham United respectively and now the English International has looked back at his time in London and classified it as a failure.
Hart said: “I did what I did in the previous two seasons because I needed to play to be involved in the World Cup – and look where that got me.
“I’m experienced. I’ve played at the highest level for a long time and done a lot of things in the game. I need to be an important player at a club and I think that can only happen with a permanent move.
“I’ve got a year left and I’m not going on loan again because my situation has changed. I need to feel part of something. It’s difficult when you’re on loan, especially when you’re not a young player who people may have sympathy for. I’m older and being who I am and what I am, I’m there to be shot at.”
After the 31-year-old made these comments the Hammers fans have started showing their anger towards the shot-stopper.
There’s actually people that still think Pep was wrong to bin Joe Hart despite him struggling to nail down a place at West Ham last season.
— Sponge Sports (@monkey_sponge) July 22, 2018
Back to Shrewsbury
— Shakerite (@shakerite66) July 21, 2018
Desperate for a move …wont take pay cut 🤔
— j_browny91 (@j_browny91) July 22, 2018
Retired is permanent
— Soccer4Coaches (@Soccer4coaches) July 22, 2018
The start against Borussia Dortmund was the first game he played for Manchester City in 692 days but the shot-stopper will likely get his wish fulfilled as Manchester City are set to offload him once and for all in the coming few weeks.
London club Chelsea are said to be looking at Joe Hart as a replacement to Thibaut Courtois if the Belgium International chooses to join Real Madrid.
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