West Ham’s injury issues are all knock-on effects from last season, with the quintet all sidelined at the tail-end of 2016-17. I’m trying to make my point to Gareth Southgate, they’re my coaches, they’re the people whose opinions I care about. “I feel I have fitted in well, though you should probably ask them that!” he said. Slaven has come and Mr (David) Gold and Mr (David) Sullivan have come in and made their intentions clear that they want me to be here.
“I spread myself for the ball and get hit in the face a lot but this is the first time it’s marked me”.
Hart will be grateful given the importance of having a good season in 2017/18 – Jordan Pickford, Fraser Forster, Tom Heaton and Jack Butland will all be trying to stake their claims to be the Three Lions’ number one in Russian Federation next summer, and it is paramount for Hart to be starting regularly in the Premier League.
“I can adapt to whatever my manager wants”.
Hart said: “That’s City’s problem”.
And chances are it will be the sort of game that will give him the chance to prove Guardiola wrong and book his place on England’s World Cup plane to Russian Federation next summer. This definitely fits the criteria.
“I don’t think anyone can predict anything in this Premier League, it’s such a high, high standard that it’s going to be interesting how it finishes up”.
“But my feelings for City will never change”. They took me as a 19-year-old boy from Shrewsbury Town, took a punt on me, and I’ve had some fantastic times there, built some great relationships.
“It’s a job at the end of the day but there are a lot of us, myself included, who just love playing football and I’m just lucky that it’s my job”. I enjoyed my year last year in a different league but this is possibly the best league in the world to be part of.
“I’ll eternally have a link with them, but as far as the business side of it goes – new managers, opinions, stuff like that – that’s football”.
Hart tries to put City out of his mind adding: “I don’t think about going back, I’m a West Ham player now – that’s all I think about”.
“I am a young guy and I just want to play football and if going out on loan allows me to do that, then that is what I am going to do”.