It was an extremely emotional night for Joe Hart on Wednesday.
It seems highly likely that the 29-year-old played his final appearance in the club’s Champions League second-leg qualifier against Steaua Bucharest.
And, with Pep Guardiola set to bring in Claudio Bravo, Hart and the City fans are well aware that his 10-year association with the club appears to be at an end.
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While Guardiola doesn’t seem to care about what Hart has done for the club in the past, the supporters still hold him in high regard.
The ‘keeper has made 347 appearances at the Etihad, winning two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup.
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And the fans were always going to give him the perfect send-off against their Romanian opponents.
Every one of his touches were cheered. Then, in the 66th-minute, they all rose and starting singing: “Stand up if you love Joe Hart.”
The stop-stopper was clearly emotional and fought back the tears. Take a look at the heartbreaking moment below:
After the match, Hart spoke honestly about the situation whilst admitting that it was a 'special' night for him.
Hart on his special night
"It was a special night for me.' Hart said.
"I've had a lot of good nights in football but that was really nice night.
"We all know there is a situation going on but I feel like inside - outside of all the circus - we are handling it well as a good team with a good management here.
"I'm really happy with the team tonight. It was a special night for us and a really nice night for me.
"This is a special place for me and there has never been any secret of that, it's a place I love to be. Situations occur in football but we're men and we get on with it but tonight was really nice.
"I appreciate the people of Manchester City and it turns out they appreciate me. So it's a nice feeling."
Guardiola on Hart
Guardiola has also come out and clarified Hart’s situation. While the Spaniard acknowledged how much he’s done for the club, he insisted that he is making the right decision.
"I know Joe is a legend here. I know how important he is to this club. I know what he did for this club," he said.
"He's part of the history and is part of the history as he's our player. With the Premier Leagues and the cups but it is not just what he did on the pitch, it's off the pitch.
"But he knows when I arrived my decisions or what I think about that position. I'm so happy about his performance (against Steaua) and I like a lot when the people support him and how important that is. There is no doubt about that."
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