One thing that must be said in all of this is that Pep Guardiola has done nothing wrong. I’ve had people call in to talkSPORT claiming that Pep has mistreated Joe Hart but the reality is that he owes Hart nothing.
He came in and had a look at him and felt he wasn’t up to the required standard thus brought in Claudio Bravo. Guardiola’s main job is to ensure the best results in the League and Champions League amongst other competitions - he can’t afford to be carrying passengers and if he feels Hart is a passenger then he has every right to get rid.
Personally I think Hart is a good keeper, but I don’t think he is World Class, yet ultimately the decision lies with Guardiola who it seems agrees.
I have seen Hart criticised for his lack of options in terms of the clubs that have come in for him but let me put an end to that now. There is a train of thought that when a quality player becomes available, regardless of your options you go for him and Robin Van Persie and Manchester United have been cited as a prime example.
Yet you can stockpile outfield players in a way that you can’t a goalkeeper. With a forward for example there are a number of positions and formations that you use to accommodate, whereas with a goalkeeper there is only one position up for grabs. Add to that the problems bringing him in would cause. He was linked with a move to Everton, yet they only just signed Maarten Stekelenburg this summer. Across the city, some claimed that Liverpool should have moved for him.
He is undeniably better than Simon Mignolet but Loris Karius will be back soon and even then, how do you suddenly get rid of Mignolet who only signed a new 5 year deal in January? Or put him ahead of Karius who was signed with the number 1 jersey in mind.
There are a number of issues that come with snapping up Hart, a move to Torino may seem a strange one but it allows him to try something different in a new league as well as get the game time he sorely wanted.