English Premiership

Joe Hart finally opens up on loan move

2016-10-10 15:26
Joe Hart (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Joe Hart says he opted to join Torino on loan because he felt he wasn't going to be able change Pep Guardiola's opinion of him in time for the season.

Guardiola was appointed Manchester City manager in the off-season and made no secret of the fact that Hart did not have the necessary skills required to fit into his system.

The Spanish manager favours high pressing tactics in which the keeper plays a sweeper role and he felt Hart was not good enough with his feet.

The signing of Claudio Bravo made it clear that the Englishman had not done enough to convince Guardiola of his ability and he sought a move to a club where he would get game time.

"Football is a game of opinions and some people have a great opinion of me and some people probably think I'm absolutely useless," Hart said.

"Unfortunately for me, one of the guy's opinions in charge of my club at the time wasn't as strong as it needed to be, so I needed to find someone who had an opinion of me who thought I could help their team.

"I need to improve and improve all the time because I'm still learning the game and the game is changing all the time.

"I love trying to improve, I love that challenge. I want to keep developing until I physically can't.

"I'm not going to lie, I wasn't sat there with 25 options [of clubs to join].

"Torino was a really good option for me and it definitely excited me to go to play in Serie A and to play for Torino. That fit, in the situation I was in, was a good decision.

"It's not about making brave decisions. It was a decision I had to make and was comfortable with.

"I felt I was capable of doing it and where my options were, it was the best one for me in my opinion.

"I'm at Torino with huge commitment to the club, huge commitment to the season, the culture, the football and I'm going to give it my all. Whatever happens, happens."

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