Joe Hart career has reached a new low over the past week and it’s hard not to feel a bit sorry for him.
The 31-year-old was left stunned and heartbroken after Gareth Southgate decided to leave him out of his 23-man England squad last week.
“Not going to lie, I’m gutted,” he wrote in a statement on Instagram. “After 2 years of trying to make the most of a really tough situation, this is hard to take.”
Indeed, the past two years have been incredibly tough for the former England No. 1, who was unceremoniously dumped by Pep Guardiola on his arrival at Manchester City in the summer of 2016.
Hart attempted to resurrect his career with Italian side Torino, where he flattered to deceive, and then returned to the Premier League last summer ahead of the 2018 World Cup finals in a bid to secure his place in Southgate’s final squad.
His plan failed. Hart, following a below-par season with West Ham, now finds himself cast into the wilderness at both international and club level.
West Ham won’t be signing him permanently following his loan spell, Man City are desperate to get rid of him, and his England career appears to be over.
Surprise club want to sign Joe Hart
It was reported over the weekend that Southampton and newly-promoted Wolves are interested in signing the experienced goalkeeper.
However, there’s now another very surprising club who have entered the race for Hart’s signature, according to The Sun.
New York City FC, who are managed by Patrick Vieira and have David Villa in their ranks, are keen on signing the Englishman and have talks planned at the Etihad Stadium in the next few weeks.
The Major League Soccer outfit have a tie-up with Man City, which would ease negotiations between the two clubs.
Hart would cost around £3m - but will he be interested?
The Sun understand that Hart, who has 12 months left on his £125,000-a-week contract, would cost New York City FC no more than £3 million.
Hart would walk into the starting line-up at the Yankee Stadium ahead of the team’s current No. 1, USA international Sean Johnson, but will he be up for moving Stateside at this stage of his career?
He will be acutely aware that a move to the MLS will significantly hinder his chances of working his way back into the England setup.
But if he feels that his international career is now over anyway, the chance of a completely fresh start in America will surely appeal.