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Pep Guardiola told Joe Hart he was free to leave Manchester City during the summer.

Joe Hart reveals his first encounter with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City

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Joe Hart spent the best part of seven years as Manchester City's first-choice goalkeeper, before Pep Guardiola decided to shake things upon his arrival.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss took over at the Etihad and immediately looked to replace the England no.1 between the sticks, with Claudio Bravio arriving from the Camp Nou in August.

It was clear early on that the Spaniard wanted a ball-playing goalkeeper and gave Willy Caballero the nod in goal on the opening day of the season against Sunderland.

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But despite Hart retaining his place in goal at international level, the 29-year-old admits he does not see a future for himself at the Etihad, and believes his spell at Torino is providing a shop window for himself to find a permanent move in the summer.

Hart has won the Premier League twice, as well as two League Cup titles and the FA Cup during his City career.

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And as per the Mirror, Hart recalled his first meeting with Guardiola at City, in which they both openly discussed the goalkeeper's future at the Etihad.

"I came in after the other players because of the Euros, and when we first had a conversation he said he had his reservations about me," said Hart. "I shook his hand, I said it was professionally honest, but not what I wanted to hear.

Free to go

"I said I wanted to work for him and see what happens but I got the impression that it wasn't really going anywhere. I got the feeling I wasn't going to play. I spoke to the chief executive and said: 'You want me to go don't you?' He didn't stop me with what I was saying."

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Hart has hinted that, had it been any other manager, he may well have put up a fight to prove that he was more than good enough to fulfil his duties. But clearly the England international sees no way back at the club he joined from Shrewsbury Town in 2006.

"I'm up for a fight but you've got to be clever and pick your battle. It was the opinion of a guy who has got a lot of power at the club and I wasn't on the right side of it."

The Englishman has been brutally honest about why he finds himself at modest Serie A club Torino, and his impressive performances for the Italian outfit are already helping him on the way to finding a new club.

I wasn't wanted

"This is the second time I've gone out on a season-long loan," said Hart, who spent the 2009/10 season on loan at Birmingham City. "I've not been sent here to see how I do or see if I improve. I've been sent out because I wasn't wanted.

"I'm not here to prove what I can do, I'm here because I need to look elsewhere and I didn't have a chance to sort anything permanently. The way I look at it, I want to do as well as I can for Torino and if somebody comes in for me I don't think Manchester City are going to stand in my way."

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It is seemingly a brutal end to Hart's City career, having honoured the shirt for many years. But the unwanted City star has adapted to life in Italy well, with Sinisa Mihajlovic's team hopeful of securing a place in Europe for next season.

Whether Torino can tempt Hart to stay, if they secure a place in European competition, remains to be seen. But it could also prove to be interesting whether City will be happy to sell the 'keeper to a fellow Premier League club, and who.

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