Pep Guardiola surprised everyone when he decided to start Joe Hart in the Champions League Playoff second leg against Steaua Bucharest. It was an easy victory for the Sky Blues, who booked a place in the group stage with a 1-0 win against a side that didn't cause Hart a lot of trouble.
Joe was captain of the side and was celebrated by the Etihad Stadium crowd during all 90 minutes and received a standing ovation at the end, in what clearly looked like his farewell from the club.
After the game, Hart spoke about his situation at the club, and he was brutally honest:
“That was a really special night for me. I’ve had a lot of good nights in football.
“We all know there’s a situation going on, but I feel that inside, outside of all the circus, we are handling it well as a good team with a good management staff.
“This is a special place for me, there’s never been any secret made of that. It’s the place I’d love to be, but situations occur in football but we’re men and we get on with it.
“Tonight was really nice and I really appreciate the people at Manchester City and it turns out they appreciate me.
“It’s a situation, we’ve got a top manager that the club’s wanted for a long, long time and he’s going to have his opinion on things.
“Outside of the charade and all the rubbish that is talked we are dealing with it like men and we are going to come up with a solution.”
Source: Manchester Evening News
That solution appears to be a move away, with Everton and Sevilla looking like favorites to sign the England starter on loan. The good thing is Pep Guardiola is not just kicking Hart off the club, and appears to be handling it with honesty and fairness. It's all we want.