Pep Guardiola has insisted that he was brought in by Manchester City to make the big decisions, and he trusts the one he has made regarding Joe Hart.
The Citizens are reportedly close to signing FC Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo for a fee of £17 million (R318 million), which has cast major doubt over Hart's future at the club.
The Spanish coach praised the England keeper for the loyalty he has shown to the club, but stood firm over his decision to drop him down the pecking order at the Etihad.
"Joe is still our player. I know he's a legend for this club – one of the reasons this club is what it is is because of Joe," Guardiola said at a press conference after City's game against Steaua Bucharest on Wednesday night, as quoted by ESPN.
"He helped to make this team one step above so I'm so happy with the way the people treated him tonight.
"I'm here to take decisions – I make a lot of mistakes all my career as a coach – sometimes good decisions, sometimes bad.
"I can't deny what I feel. I was honest with Joe, the club and myself and that's what I always try to do. I would like if everyone was happy with all the decisions I take but that's impossible.
"The coach has to take decisions which influence the players' lives and that's not easy. We have 28 players, so 17 players are always not playing. Do you think they are happy with the coach? They are not happy about that.
"I can completely understand if the fans are not happy. Joe did a lot with this club in the years he's been, more than I have done – I've only been here for one month, he's been here many years.
"I respect all of the guys here but I'm here and I have to take decisions, and that's what I feel."
Guardiola has won four out of four since taking charge of the English giants, and will be aiming to carry on his impressive start against West Ham United on Sunday.
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