England international goalkeeper Joe Hart’s career has taken a massive nosedive in the last few years. Not only has City boss Pep Guardiola discarded him, but he also slipped out of the England squad, missing this summer’s World Cup too.
Unsuccessful loan spells at Torino and last season West Ham have done little for his career prospects. The 31-year-old has appeared for City in a pre-season friendly against Dortmund. However, that is only because first choice goalkeeper Ederson is still recovering from his World Cup exertions.
Needs to move on permanently this summer
Hart himself as recently revealed that he feels he needs to make a permanent move this summer. The loan moves have always left a question mark over his future and whether the club he is playing for actually has faith in the former England number one.
A permanent move would mean that Hart could concentrate on playing, and not have to worry about his next destination. Surely this would be far better for Hart and help his form.
Still young for a goalkeeper
Many goalkeepers do not peak until their late twenties and early thirties. Hart is still relatively young for a goalkeeper and should have many years left at the top level of football.
He came into the City team a young age and established himself as number one for a decade. Maybe in some ways, he peaked too early in his career, and people believe that his best days are behind him, rather than in front of him.
Hart does not see it that way and still believes he can produce at the top level of football, even if there are many that doubt his ability after some high-profile errors in the recent past.
Where does Hart future lie?
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has praised Hart’s attitude, and there seems no ill feeling between the player and his boss. Guardiola has stated that he will attempt to find a solution to Hart’s future.
In other words, he is trying to sell the goalkeeper, but nobody has yet managed to come to an agreement to sign the stopper. The pair has talked about Hart staying at the club, but in reality, that seems unlikely.
Hart is heading into the final year of his deal in Manchester. If he does stay with City, the 31-year-old will be the third choice goalkeeper behind Brazilian Ederson and Chilean international Claudio Bravo in the new season.
The England international has not been linked with moves to that many clubs, which is surprising considering his experience and history of success with City.
However, a fresh link that has emerged is with Chelsea. The Blues look set to lose Belgium international Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid, as the highly-rated ‘keeper in the final year of his contract.
According to reports, City are demanding just £5million for Hart. The fee reflects his contract situation and the fact that both parties are desperate for him to both on. A move to Chelsea at this stage would be a dream for Hart.
However, Like City boss Guardiola, new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is keen to play possession-based football, which can often start with the goalkeeper.
Wherever Hart is plying his trade in the new season, he will have to improve on his form of the last few seasons, as his displays for Torino and West Ham have been poor. Instead of believing his own hype, he needs to prove that he is still a top goalkeeper. Whether he can achieve that aim only time will tell.
Where will Joe Hart be plying his trade next season?