According to The Mirror, along with several other reports, Joe Hart is said to be unhappy with his status at Manchester City, and may be leaving the club before the transfer window closes on August 31st.
After staying on the bench for the past two matches against Sunderland and Steaua Bucuresti, the England international has begun to eye other football clubs and seems to refuse the new style Pep Guardiola is bringing to the Etihad Stadium.
Guardiola believes Hart must greatly improve his footwork on the ball before he is ready to be part of the starting line up once again.
“The demand on the center backs and the goalkeeper is that they have to play,” stated the Spanish coach. “They have to defend, but also have to play.”
Pep believes Willy Caballero has superior footwork skills with the ball than that of Joe Hart, which is why the Argentine has taken Hart’s spot in the starting XI.
Guardiola has no intention of dropping Joe Hart from the squad. On the contrary, he hopes to teach Hart different ways and styles that can also be played as a goal keeper.
“The first thing I am looking for from the goalkeeper is to save, that is the important thing. But after that, he has to be able to play with the ball, he has to help us create a good build up. That is why I am here. And in the future, of course, he can do that” says Guardiola in an interview over Hart’s future with the club.
Yet, the newly appointed coach will not beg Hart to stay on the team either. “Leave if you want, but I will make you a better player if you stay.”
Hart has already caught the interest of La Liga’s Sevilla and Premier League’s Everton.
However, the England international is very fond of the Premier League and is set to stay in England, giving Everton the upper hand on the race against Sevilla to sign the goal keeper.
Reports say Hart’s agent is already in the talks with Everton over a loan deal for the 29-year-old.