Manchester City supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their team all but book their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 4-0 first leg success over Basel in the last 16 on Tuesday.
Pep Guardiola’s men went into their clash with the Swiss champions of the back of thumping Leicester City 5-1 in their preceding Premier League encounter, a result which moved the Citizens 16 points clear at the summit of the division. And the North West outfit took a step closer to adding the Champions League crown to their seemingly inevitable title success on Tuesday as a brace from Ilkay Gundogan as well as strikes from Bernando Silva and Sergio Aguero secured a routine victory in Switzerland on Tuesday, all but booking their place in the last eight.
Thus, there have been many thrilled City fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from The Sun, which suggests that outcast Joe Hart will seek another European loan spell in the summer in a bid to run down his contract at the Etihad Stadium.
The £10.8 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) spent the entirety of last term on loan at Serie A side Torino but didn’t enjoy the best of spells, conceding 64 goals in just 37 appearances for the Italian outfit, keeping just five clean sheets along the way.
And things haven’t been any better for the England international at West Ham this season, with Hart losing his place between the sticks back in November after shipping 30 goals in just 14 Premier League matches, thus plunging his World Cup hopes into doubt just months before the finals in Russia.
And recent reports suggest that, with his future at City all but over, Hart is ‘happy’ to make a loan move to Europe again next season, in what would be his final year on his Citizens contract ahead of a free transfer in 2019.
And with Guardiola’s men finding an outstanding shot-stopper in Ederson last summer, our resident City fans are unlikely to be overly fazed by Hart’s inevitable departure from the Etihad.
Landlord’s verdict: Joe Hart has endured a troubling few years following news that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola no longer wanted him as a first-choice at the Premier League club.
Loan spells at Torino and now West Ham have since followed for the 30-year-old, neither of which have gone particularly well, but with still a year left on his current deal at City, it looks like another temporary move is in the offing for the England star next season.
And reports suggest that he is ‘happy’ to move to Europe again next term in a bid for the regular football he needs to remain a part of Gareth Southgate’s England plans, and given that his City career is almost certainly over, it’s a move which would surely be in the best interests of all parties involved.
Man City fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!