Joe Hart says he respected Pep Guardiola’s honesty when he dropped him from the Manchester City team, but feels criticism of his playing style overlooks “what actually counts”
The England international had been first choice at City until Guardiola took charge and sent him on loan to Torino and West Ham, then brought in Claudio Bravo and Ederson because of their superior distribution.
Hart, 31, joined Burnley in the close season and is enjoying first-team football in the Premier League again and says he holds no bad feelings towards the coach, even if he does not respect his opinion on his ability.
“I’m cool with Pep, I think he’s a top manager,” he told Sky Sports.
“He came in and was dead honest with me. I looked him in the eye and shook his hand, I thanked him for his honesty. I didn’t thank him for his opinion, but his honesty was second to none. We tried to make the best of a bad situation for both of us.
“It is what it is. I moved on, worked hard, trained with City, I was welcomed back the last couple of pre-seasons. It could have easily been awkward, but it wasn’t.”