Hart: The situation was obvious

Goalkeeper Joe Hart admits he had no other option but to seek a move away from Manchester City once it became clear that Pep Guardiola didn't 'love' him.

The 29-year-old joined Serie A outfit Torino on transfer deadline day, after agreeing a season-long loan deal. This after the England international made just one first-team appearance under Pep Guardiola.

Guardiola had previously stated that he was looking for a goalkeeper who could bring out the ball from the back, and eventually got his man after signing Chile international Claudio Bravo from Barcelona.

As such, Hart felt he had no other option but to seek regular first-team minutes elsewhere.

"The situation was obvious to everyone and he was open with me," Hart told reporters ahead of Torino's clash with Empoli on Sunday afternoon.

"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 based on opinions. This opinion (Guardiola's) has resulted in me looking for a new club."

Hart added: "I always look forward to playing on a weekend, so playing in itself was most important. But I have in mind that I love playing for my country and that was important.

"I wanted an experience outside England because not many English players get the chance and this worked for me. It was a chance to learn something new in a league I grew up watching on Channel 4 with a great goalkeeping tradition."

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