Joey Barton slams Pep Guardiola's treatment of Joe Hart

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Pep Guardiola was brought in to Manchester City to make big changes and yet the decision to drop Joe Hart has left more than just a minority feeling a little bewildered.

The new manager has preferred to pick Willy Caballero in City's first two fixtures of the season and is reportedly closing in on a deal to bring Claudio Bravo to the Etihad, putting Hart's place in the squad under increasing threat.

One of the club's former players has spoken out about Guardiola's treatment of the England international and doesn't think he has been given a fair crack of the whip.

In an interview with talkSPORT, Joey Barton didn't hold back in his criticism of the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich head coach.

"It is not the club I left," the Rangers midfielder said.

"The club I left and watch now are two totally different organisations. The club I played for wouldn't have treated a player that had been a servant for as long as Joe has in the manner that it has. It is disgusting.

"He is a full international, somebody who, probably before City took the money, could have gone on to bigger and better things himself but stayed and wanted to be at City."

Guardiola has held concerns over Hart's passing ability and does not have the luxury of Manuel Neuer to call on between the sticks, hence why Bravo could be brought in before the window closes.

Barton played for the Citizens between 2002-07 doesn't think Guardiola has handled the situation properly and doubted Cabellero's credentials to replace him on a full-time basis.

He added: "I don't see what he has done wrong to be treated the way he has. His attitude isn't terrible. I don't like this.

"It is common human decency, regardless of how good a coach you are. Why treat him like that?"

"I've watched Caballero and are you telling me Caballero is better with his feet than Joe Hart? I haven't seen it," he continued.

"Why not let him fight for his place and then if he is not good enough say: 'I have given him an opportunity'. That's what every manager should do, give everyone an opportunity."

Both Everton and Sevilla are reportedly interested in signing the England keeper and after a disappointing Euro 2016 and Guardiola's snub, a change of scenery might just be what Hart needs to recover some confidence.

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