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Joe Hart: “I’m cool with Pep, I think he’s a top manager”

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Joe Hart revealed that he has no hard feelings towards Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

The Catalan coach arrived at the Etihad Stadium in the summer of 2016 to replace the ousted Manuel Pellegrini.

And one of the first things that Guardiola did upon his arrival was to inform a four-time Premier League Golden Glove winner in Hart that he no longer had a future at City.

After being deemed surplus to requirements, the English goalkeeper had two loan spells with Italian side Torino and West Ham United before sealing a permanent move to Burnley this summer.

But Hart insists that things are good with Guardiola.

He told Sky Sports: “I’m cool with Pep, I think he’s a top manager.

“He came in and was dead honest with me. I looked him in the eye and shook his hand, I thanked him for his honesty.

“I didn’t thank him for his opinion, but his honesty was second to none. We tried to make the best of a bad situation for both of us.

“It is what it is. I moved on, worked hard, trained with City, I was welcomed back the last couple of pre-seasons. It could have easily been awkward, but it wasn’t.”

The 31-year-old was determined to leave City permanently this summer instead of going out on a third loan spell.

“I made it clear to City that I didn’t want to go on loan again, I had one year left on my contract,” said Hart.

“Like I’ve said before it was a kind of strange situation for me. I know what qualities I bring, I know what I’ve done, and what I can still do, but people weren’t banging the door down for me. That’s the truth.

“In my opinion, I think loans are for younger players trying to improve, who have got the whole world in front of them. You’ve got no real ground, no real base or backing as a loan player.

“I’m grateful I’m here with Burnley, and I’m really enjoying it.”

Hart has started in all six of Burnley’s games this season in both the Premier League and Europa League.