Pep Guardiola and Joe Hart

Manchester City and Joe Hart to reunite again? All you need to know!

Manchester City could call Joe Hart back to Etihad Stadium this summer. The 37-year-old goalie announced back in February that this would be his last season playing professional football. City are reportedly to give Hart an ambassadorial role to represent the club in non-footballing events. 

Hart was one of the players who tasted City’s early days of glory. During his time with the light-blue, Hart played 348 games, winning two Premier League titles in the process. He was controversially dropped from the first team by Pep Guardiola in 2016 which was the beginning of his downfall with The Citizens.

Why did Manchester City and Joe Hart part ways?

The Shrewsbury-born then was going back-and-forth as a loanee for Torino and West Ham until 2018 when Burnley came for £3.3 million. After two years with The Clarets, Hart moved to Tottenham Hotspur for a free-transfer. In August 2021, he joined Celtic until his announcement in February. 

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers acknowledged Hart’s concern with his career at this stage. The former Swansea City manager admitted that he would love to see Hart stay for longer, saying that the player has a positive influence on his teammates. 

“It’s nothing that we’re looking at just now,” Rodgers said via Goal. “There are other areas we have to look at. There will be positions in the summer we’ll be able to improve and it will be the same in January. But I love working with Joe, he’s a great guy.

“At that age, I think he’s just happy to be playing. Joe’s family is down south so he’s shown incredible commitment to be up here. Are you going to stay up here without your family if you are not playing as a number one?

“He’s had a long career and I love being with him every day. He has a real positive energy and he’s been a great leader for this team.”

With the Scottish Premiership heading towards the edge, Celtic are currently leading with 78 points. Their archrival Rangers are second with a three-point gap. Hart would remain focused to win the league title with the club as his sweet farewell souvenir.

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