English goalkeeper Joe Hart has revealed that he is surplus to requirements at Manchester City
In an interview on BBC’s Premier League Show, English goalkeeper has admitted that he is facing an uncertain future at Manchester City, and has also stated that being a number one is more important than returning to the Premier League.
Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola took over at the helm in the summer at Manchester City and allowed the club’s then number one to leave on loan to Serie A side Torino.
At the Italian outfit, Hart has easily achieved first-team status and has gone one to make to make 26 appearances for them. The 29-year-old hasn’t been in the best of form as he has managed to keep just five clean sheets in the league.
Speaking to Steve Bower of Match of the Day, Hart said: “I’d say I’m pretty much surplus to requirements at my parent club at the moment. I want to play football, I love to play football. If that opportunity’s not going to be given there then I’m going to have to look elsewhere and I may have to make somewhere else my home.
“I love the Premier League but I wouldn’t say it’s top of my wishlist. Top of my wishlist is to play for a club that wants me to be their goalkeeper.”
The Citizens have seen Willy Caballero hit top form this season with Claudio Bravo playing second fiddle to the Argentian. Thus, Hart may find it hard to win the trust of Guardiola, and will be considering his options in England or another European nation.
Liverpool and Arsenal have been keeping an eye on the player, and both clubs could look to sign the wantaway Manchester City goalkeeper. With Hart’s City future almost over, he could be promised a regular starting berth at both the sides.
The Reds signed Loris Karius in the summer and hoped that he would take the number one off Simon Mignolet. However, the German has struggled with his ball-handling and awareness, which has seen Mignolet continue be Liverpool’s top keeper.
Arsenal, on the other hand, have not seen such a fight for position between Petr Cech and David Ospina, but the former Czech international will turn 35 in May, and is already a shadow of his old self.
His performances have dipped considerably this season and Ospina hasn’t done quite as much to replace Cech on a regular basis. Signing Hart could be a beneficial option for Arsene Wenger or the next manager that takes over after him.