Joe Hart to leave Manchester City this summer after 12 seasons at the club with goalkeeper keen on permanent move away from the Etihad
Joe Hart is set to end his 12–year stay at Manchester City in this transfer window - with the player keen on a permanent move away from the club.
- Joe Hart is expected to report back to the club for training on Monday morning
- Hart spent last season on loan with West Ham following a year in Italy with Torino
- The 31-year-old has been frozen out since Pep Guardiola took the reins at City
- Hart missed out on England's World Cup squad despite playing in qualification
The England goalkeeper, who did not make the World Cup squad, is due to report back to the Etihad Campus on Monday morning for training following a year spent on loan at West Ham United. Hart, 31, has not played a Premier League match for City under Pep Guardiola and spent the Catalan's first season in charge on loan at Serie A side Torino. He has a year remaining on his £120,000-a-week contract and Sportsmail understands that the 31–year-old would prefer a transfer rather than another loan. City want a fee for the player, although should that not be forthcoming allowing him to leave on a free transfer would appear to make some sense. With the player reluctant to head out on loan, City could face picking up a £6m tab for a player who is not likely to be used. Hart remains well-liked at City and there is a strong desire to do right by a player who is viewed as a loyal servant for the club.
The belief is that he has accepted Guardiola's decision to effectively end his career at the Etihad like a professional and has caused little of the drama triggered by others who have found themselves out in the cold. After spending two seasons on the road, Hart is thought to be keen to find a long-term project either at home or abroad, and a destination in which his young family can settle.
Hart joined City in 2006 from hometown club Shrewsbury Town. After loan spells at Tranmere Rovers and Blackpool he took the first team gloves under Sven-Goran Eriksson before picking up the first of 75 England caps months later.
After being replaced by Shay Given, he spent a year on loan at Birmingham City before returning to become a mainstay of City's transformation in 2010, picking up Premier League titles in 2012 and 2014.
However, Guardiola's arrival spelled the end of Hart's time as the club's No 1 with just one appearance - a poignant Champions League victory over Steaua Bucharest for which he was made captain - following.
An inconsistent year in Italy, followed by similar in London saw him miss out on a place in Gareth Southgate's squad for Russia despite playing a key role in their passage to the tournament.
Following the announcement, a 'gutted' Hart took to social media, stating: 'After 2 years of trying to make the most of a really tough situation, this is hard to take.' http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-5930667/Joe-Hart-leave-Manchester-City-summer-goalkeeper-keen-permanent-move.html