Everyone enjoyed Joe Hart's cheeky explanation for his black eye

"I'm trying to make a point to Slaven Bilic, he's my coach", Hart said.

"If I score and I feel I need to celebrate my first goal in my old house with my new team I will do it". I'd like to think it's helped me. They took me as a 19-year-old boy from Shrewsbury Town, took a punt on me, and I've had some fantastic times there, built some great relationships.

The goalkeeper admitted that he wanted a permanent departure from City in order to plan his future but stressed that he is simply pleased to have the chance to play regularly at West Ham.

"The other side of it is quite political with contracts and I respect that, and I respect my parent club". My feelings towards Manchester City will never change; I'm eternally grateful to them as a football club. "I get hit in the face a lot and this is the first time it actually marked me".

"But I want to be learning and improving all the time, no matter where I am".

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"The game moves quickly, there are plenty of people who have been in my situation and you have two choices". "I can not tell you because sometimes I try to prepare a celebration but right now I'm not thinking about it. I've felt comfortable that I can achieve what they've asked".

Bilic has urged his players not to allow their heads to drop too much before they take on Southampton next weekend. "That's what I'll keep doing until my body won't let me". It helped me to learn a different way of living and brought some new styles of football to me. different ideas, a different manager. Working hard isn't a problem for me.

For the first time since May of previous year, Joe Hart will taste Premier League action this weekend. He remained Southgate's first choice last season despite the upheaval he had undergone; one imagines it would take a severe downturn for Jack Butland, Fraser Forster or Tom Heaton - whose performances for Burnley last season he describes as "a miracle" - to dislodge him and he hopes a place at Russian Federation 2018 will be a natural outcome of domestic success.

"We knew the World Athletics (Championships) were going to be at the stadium, so we're mentally ready to play away from home", he adds.

  • Darren Santiago