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Joe Hart Reveals Brutal Message From Nuno Espirito Santo Prior to Tottenham Exit

By Amreen
Nuno Espirito Santo told Joe Hart he'd never kick a ball for Tottenham after he arrived
Nuno Espirito Santo told Joe Hart he'd never kick a ball for Tottenham after he arrived / Julian Finney/Getty Images

Nuno Espirito Santo told Joe Hart he would "never kick a ball" at Tottenham before eventually making his move to Celtic earlier this summer.

The former England and Manchester City goalkeeper opened up on his emotional Spurs departure and recalled the only conversation he had with Nuno before leaving the club.

The 34-year-old spent last season as backup for Hugo Lloris, but revealed he was not yet ready to leave the north London side. He spoke to ex-City team-mate Micah Richards for the Daily Mail and said: "At the end of the season, I thought: ‘OK, one more year at Tottenham.’

"I was then going to start to think about winding down. I like to commit, I like to wear the badge properly for the team I represent. And then, two or three weeks into pre-season, I was told: ‘No matter what happens, you will not kick a ball for Tottenham.’"

Richards was stunned and exclaimed: "Really?!"

Hart replied: "Yep. That’s what Nuno wanted. I never really had a conversation with him and the one conversation that we did have was that one. Look, maybe Tottenham needed a clear out and maybe they had to be firm.

"But I alluded to this earlier. I was thinking to myself: 'What am I doing here? I’m fit, strong, ready, committed.' But I spoke to my wife and I told her that I would sooner play 30 charity games and give something back with what I am trying to do. I’d sooner make myself available for my local park team, who are trying to raise a bit of money, and give my all than do this."

He concluded: "I am not looking for sympathy. If a manager doesn’t want me, he doesn’t want me. This isn’t a piece about ‘Poor Joe Hart’. But I really felt that way. I was sad. I needed a few days to get my head together. I loved being at Tottenham, there are some really good people."