Joe Hart is leaving Manchester City after ten years at the club, but his destination is still unknown.
Joe Hart was in starting lineup against Steaua in Champions League qualifying match, after sitting on the bench for three consecutive matches. He was also the team captain and that was probably his last match in Manchester City, since Claudio Bravo will reportedly arrive in Manchester before the weekend.
After the match, which was very emotional for Hart and the fans, English goalkeeper said that the years in Manchester City was special to him and that the support he is receiving from the fans brought him on the edge of tears. Pep Guardiola praised Hart for his performance, but also stated that he came to the club to make decisions, which are sometimes tough, but he has to do it anyway. This practically means Hart will certainly leave the club in the forthcoming days.
Guardiola likes to have a ball-playing goalkeeper, like he had in Bayern Munich with Manuel Neuer and in Barcelona, with Victor Valdes. He was often criticized in Barcelona for not buying a better goalkeeper than Valdes, who had several disastrous performances against strong opponents, which ultimately cost Barcelona several trophies, but Guardiola defended his choice by saying Valdes is the best goalkeeper in the world for the type of game Barcelona is playing, so nobody should be surprised with his decision to sell Hart just because he isn’t the best when it comes to ball distribution. Ironically, Joe Hart completed 100% of his passes against Steaua, in his final match for Manchester City.
So, Joe Hart is leaving, but where to? Liverpool and Everton were the clubs which were regarded as probable destinations for the English international, but it seems that neither of those teams will continue the chase for him, since they were looking for an option to get him on loan for the season, but Manchester City isn’t interested in that option.
New English manager Sam Allardyce told the press that he will call up Joe Hart for the start of qualifying cycle for World Cup in September no matter what, but he also urged to his number one choice for a goalkeeper to quickly solve his status and find a club where he will be the undisputed number one.
Currently, there aren’t new speculations regarding his future and his time is short, so in the next couple of days he will probably be on the move. Outside Everton and Liverpool there aren’t Premier League clubs interested in him, or good enough to send him a reasonable offer, so Joe Hart might even leave the Island for the first time in his career.