Manchester City v Borussia Dortmund: Pep Guardiola praises Joe Hart

Heather Diaz
July 22, 2018

Pep Guardiola wished Jorginho well after the Italy global turned down Manchester City for Chelsea.

Instead, the Italy worldwide followed new Blues head coach Maurizio Sarri from Napoli to Stamford Bridge, becoming the club's first signing of the summer transfer window.

"It would have been a mistake for him if he came and he wanted to go to Chelsea with Maurizio Sarri". We tried but my advice always is that players should go where they want.

'English football received an exceptional player at the end. "We are so happy to have him here".

"He is a player who is one of the most incredible professionals I have ever met. The players did very well and I am so satisfied with the performance of these guys".

Hart, who was left out of England's World Cup squad that travelled to Russian Federation, returned to the Etihad after two disappointing loan spells, at Torino and West Ham.

So far the tentative interest in Hart - who has 75 England caps, but was left out of the World Cup squad - has come from overseas clubs.

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Hart is on City's pre-season tour of the United States, and played the second half of their 1-0 defeat by Borussia Dortmund in Chicago on Friday.

Guardiola, quoted on the club's Twitter account, said of Hart: "We have four goalkeepers, we decided today to use Claudio Bravo and Joe Hart".

Manchester City will begin their league title defence against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on August 12.

A video has emerged on social media of the tactician taking on a few of his own players in a penalty shootout. It was a good game.

"It is a big opportunity to play against big teams here, we played against a good opposition with good players", he continued.

"I need to do what's right for me and my family and that's the decision I'll be making", said Hart.

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