Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has not given up on impressing manager Pep Guardiola but admits he faces an uphill task to force his way back into the first team at the Etihad Stadium. The 29-year-old has joined Serie A side Torino on a season-long loan after Claudio Bravo moved to the club from Barcelona.
The 33-year-old is regarded as being with the ball at his feet, therefore assisting the style of play Guardiola wants his City side to adopt during his tenure. The England international therefore faces the task of having to impress the Spanish coach sufficiently in order to force his way back into the reckoning.
Hart has began his Torino career in encouraging fashion, keeping three clean sheets in six appearances for the Italian side, following that up with another shut-out for England in the World Cup 2018 qualifying win over Malta at Wembley. But the City 'keeper remains frustrated by the manner of his exit from the Premier League however he is eager to improve.
"Football is a game of opinions and some people have a great opinion of me and some people probably think I'm absolutely useless," he said, according to Sky Sports. "Unfortunately for me, one [Guardiola] of the guy's opinions in charge of my club at the time wasn't as strong as it needed to be, so I needed to find someone who had an opinion of me who thought I could help their team. I need to improve and improve all the time because I'm still learning the game and the game is changing all the time."
The likes of AC Milan, Everton, Liverpool and Sevilla were all linked with moves for Hart during the summer, but the ex-Shrewsbury Town custodian admits he was not subject to much interest in the summer as he attempted to workout his next career move. Hart is just one of a small handful of British players operating abroad and he believes he made a "brave decision" swapping City for Italy.
"I love trying to improve, I love that challenge," the two-time Premier League winner with City admitted. "I want to keep developing until I physically can't. I'm not going to lie, I wasn't sat there with 25 options. Torino was a really good option for me and it definitely excited me to go to play in Serie A and to play for Torino. That fit, in the situation I was in, was a good decision.
"It's not about making brave decisions. It was a decision I had to make and was comfortable with. I felt I was capable of doing it and where my options were, it was the best one for me in my opinion. I'm at Torino with huge commitment to the club, huge commitment to the season, the culture, the football and I'm going to give it my all. Whatever happens, happens."