West Ham keeper Hart: I don't care about Guardiola opinion

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City's signing of Ederson from Benfica was effectively the death knell for Hart's career at the Etihad Stadium and the 30-year-old will hope to impress at West Ham as he looks to ensure that he is Gareth Southgate's first-choice goalkeeper for England at next year's World Cup in Russian Federation.

If Hart had taken a punch he would probably have rolled with it.

Voted West Ham's Young Hammer of the Year at the end of last season, he is seen as one of the Academy of Football's biggest young prospects alongside the likes of Reece Oxford, Reece Burke and fellow Ireland youth worldwide Josh Cullen.

"Gareth thinks West Ham is the right place for me to be". "I don't think there were too many options for that, if any". That was my ideal situation.

"Ideally I wanted to be signing a permanent deal somewhere so I could set my life up and have a direction".

Ireland youth worldwide Declan Rice came on for West Ham in the second half, with many taking to social media to praise his cameo appearance in claret and blue.

"There wasn't an bad lot of movement goalkeeper-wise this summer so I'm very grateful to get this opportunity".

Hart had been hoping to leave City permanently in the off-season, but confessed such offers were at a minimum. "Not everyone in football wants to play football", he says.

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City shelled out €40million to sign Ederson from Benfica after a disappointing debut season for Claudio Bravo, with Hart moved on in another temporary switch.

"That's their problem", he says of a position that Guardiola has found more hard to fill than might have been anticipated. "I'm going to give everything and hopefully I can deliver very good performances and then good results". "If I celebrate or not, it's irrelevant for me because scoring is the most important".

"It depends on how I feel in the next few years". The fans have been so supportive of me, even in the past year, and that's something that will never die for me.

"The other side of it is quite political - with contracts - and I respect that".

"That's something I will take to the grave", he added. The game moves quickly and you've got two choices: you can moan about it, make smart comments and try to work out why it was done or you can just try and get on with it.

"I want to help this team a lot. That's what I'll keep doing until my body won't let me". It's the same when I've been with England and any manager I've played under. I'm grateful to them as a football club.

Hart replied: "That is gone". The pair have spoken during the summer and Hart was assured West Ham would be an appropriate destination.

"We made big, big mistakes like the first goal". "I'm very proud and very lucky that I can say that". It is a fitting visual metaphor for a player looking to take the Premier League by storm for a second time in his career, bruised but unbowed after his cold war with Pep Guardiola. He bought me and then I helped to win the 19th and 20th leagues for United. "And if everyone has a similar mindset, we have a unsafe squad". No, it's something far more prosaic than that: he has a black eye.