Joe Hart explains why it was "easy" to leave Manchester City

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Joe Hart has discussed his deadline day departure from Manchester City and admits that it was an "easy" decision to leave the club once he realised that Pep Guardiola didn't "love" him.

Hart spent ten years at the club, but one of the first big decisions Guardiola took was to drop England's number one in favour of 34-year-old Willy Caballero.

It is widely believed that the Spanish manager lacked confidence in Hart's ability to build up play from the back with his feet, and the arrival of Claudio Bravo from Barcelona meant he would've been the third-choice 'keeper had he stayed.


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As a result, Hart agreed a season-long loan move to Torino on the final day of the transfer window, and, despite making a mistake on his debut which contributed to a defeat, it seems as though the goalkeeper has no desire to return to City next summer.

"I am not thinking too long term about my future," said Hart, speaking at his official unveiling in Turin, via the Daily Mail. "I had a very public situation at Manchester City, which was awkward. I love to play football and it looked like my options were limited.

"People say it's a smaller club but it is a club with great history in a great league and they gave me an opportunity for the regular football that I desire. It was an easy decision for me. Here I am and I am very proud to make the move."

Hart on Guardiola

When asked about Guardiola's doubts over his footballing capabilities, Hart claimed, "I am living in the moment and the foreseeable future is Torino. That is where all my efforts are. I think the situation was obvious to everyone and he was open with me."

The 29-year-old continued, "There was a situation where it looked like my chances of playing time were limited so I had to look elsewhere. It is a difficult one but you have to be man enough to take it when not everyone is going to love you and maybe that was the situation. I had to look elsewhere.

"Football is football. It is based on decisions and opinions. This opinion has resulted in me looking for a new club and that is my focus."

Hart adapting to life in Italy

Hart surprised members of the press by reading in Italian during the briefing and he admitted that he is taking frequent language lessons as he tries to embrace a new culture.

He also wants to justify his position as England's first-choice 'keeper: "Playing regular football is the most important thing. I always look to forward to playing on a weekend and so playing in itself was the most important. But I have in mind that I love playing for my country and that was important.

"My options were limited at my previous club so I am very grateful to be here. I wanted an experience outside of England and this worked. I was made to feel very wanted. I spoke to the Mister who I did a lot of research on and the president made me very welcome.

"It was a chance to learn something new in a league I grew up watching with a great goalkeeping tradition. We all remember watching Italian football on Channel 4 as kids. I didn't have Sky so I remember watching this, learning about the Italian league. Now I am here I am very much looking forward to it."

Hart will look to recover from his error at Atalanta when Torino welcome Empoli to the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino on Sunday.

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