Joe Hart hopeful Everton can handle someone who fronts up as much as him


Saying that he was fully aware that some people simply aren’t able to take his level of attitude and commitment, Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart today expressed his hope that Everton, a club with which he has been linked in recent days, is able to handle someone who fronts up as much as him.

Despite being Manchester City’s number one for nearly a decade, Hart has found himself out of favour with new coach Pep Guardiola, who appears unconvinced by Hart’s suitability to his style of play.

That impasse could reportedly see Hart replaced by Barcelona’s Claudio Bravo, and looking for a new club, before the end of the transfer window.

Speaking to media today, the former Birmingham City keeper was open about the idea of joining the Merseyside club, before admitting that he would require assurances over the club’s ability to adequately deal with his level balls-to-the-wall attitude.

“If they’re expecting or hoping for someone who’s going to sit back and not give it 100 percent, then I’m afraid to say they’re looking at the wrong guy,” said the 29-year-old, adding that when the shit hits the fan, he’ll be right there, giving it 110 percent. “I’ll step up to the plate when the time comes. I know I might ruffle a few feathers but passion and heart does that to people. Some people can’t cope with a guy who not only says he’ll front up, but goes and actually does it. I’m definitely that kinda guy, so they’re just going to have to suck it up.”

“Everton might not be accustomed to having a lad like me playing for them, but I’ll give it my all and leave nothing out there. As long as they’re okay with that, we might be able to agree something,” he added.

At press time, talks between Hart and Everton were reportedly stalled over whether the club would permit Hart to sing God Save The Queen before every match.