Guardiola On Joe Hart: I Am Here To Make Decisions

Bayern_GuardiolaOver the alleged exit of Manchester City Goal keeper, Joe Hart, the Clubs Manager, Pep Guardiola says he understands the fans love for the player, but he is in the club to make decisions.

City are close to sealing a £17 million deal for Barcelona keeper Claudio Bravo, casting doubts over Hart’s future at the Etihad as Guardiola preferred second choice goalkeeper, Willy Caballero for the start of the new season.

“Joe is still our player. I know he’s a legend for this club — one of the reasons this club is what it is is because of Joe. He helped to make this team one step above so I’m so happy with the way the people treated him tonight, Pep told ESPN.

“I’m here to take decisions — I made a lot of mistakes in my career as a coach — sometimes good decisions, sometimes bad. I can’t deny what I feel. I was honest with Joe, the club and myself and that’s what I always try to do. I would like if everyone was happy with all the decisions I take but that’s impossible.

“The coach has to take decisions which influences the players’ lives and that’s not easy. We have 28 players, so 17 players are always not playing. Do you think they are happy with the coach? They are not happy about that.

“I can completely understand if the fans are not happy. Joe did a lot with this club in the years, he’s been, more than I have done — I’ve only been here for one month, he’s been here many years.

“I respect all of the guys here but I’m here and I have to take decisions and that’s what I feel.”

Pep Guardiola gave Joe Hart his first start of the season on Wednesday’s 1-0 Champions League win against Steaua Bucharest.

Ilkay Gundogan Joins Manchester City

Ilkay Gundogan, Manchester CityGerman midfielder, Ilkay Gundogan has joined Manchester City from Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund on a four-year deal.

The 25-year-old is the club’s first signing since they confirmed Spanish coach, Pep Guardiola will take over at the Etihad from Manuel Pellegrini prior to the start of next season.

City’s Director of Football Txiki Begiristain, has described Ilkay is an excellent addition to the Cityteam and the club are delighted to have him on board.

“He is an intelligent and versatile midfielder who can operate in a number of different roles. I think our supporters will enjoy his work ethic and technical ability and I believe he will be a very important player for us in the coming years.”

Gundogan made 157 appearances over the past five seasons for Borussia Dortmund and has won 16 caps for Germany, scoring four goals.

The injury-prone German international dislocated a kneecap in training in May, ruling him out of the 2016 European Championships in France.

“I’m thrilled to have signed for Manchester City,” said Gundogan. “When I learned of City’s interest my heart was set on coming here and things have moved very quickly.

“I have loved my time with Borussia Dortmund and I would like to thank the club and the supporters for the five very happy years I spent there.

“They gave me a platform to play on and I became a better player because of the belief, patience and trust they showed in me.

“Now I have a new challenge and that is to achieve great things with City. The opportunity to work with a coach like Pep Guardiola is something I am really looking forward to and I am flattered to be the first signing the Club has made this summer.

“I can promise the City fans I will give everything to help us win titles both in England and the Champions League. These are exciting times.

“I have my best years ahead of me and I think we can achieve great things together. I can’t wait to begin this new chapter in my career.”