Joe Hart admits he will be sad to see Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini leave at the end of the season.
The Chilean announced last week that he will depart the club in the summer to be replaced by Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola.
Hart has been first choice for City under Pellegrini since the England international was rested for seven Premier League games during the former Real Madrid manager's first season in charge in 2013-14.
The 28-year-old told BT Sport: "He's a good guy. Football aside I've always got on with him from a personal point of view. I've always liked him and it'll be sad to see him go.
"But obviously it's a new chapter for the club but that's next season. This season we've got Manuel and we're going to fight for him all the way."
Pellegrini told his squad the news on the morning of his announcement to the media that he was leaving at the end of the season and Hart said he told them in a typically understated manner.
"We speak every morning -- it's one of the things that the manager does at the start of training," said the City keeper.
"He addresses us, talks about games coming up or something. And that day he laid it out to us, pretty much, I'm sure, as he laid it out in the press conference.
"He quite casually told us that he's always been in control of the situation and he's always been aware. He felt it was the right time to tell us and that he was going to let everyone know later."
Hart also said the players were always aware of rumours surrounding Guardiola ever since former Barcelona directors Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano joined the club in 2012.
"It's good that Manuel took control of the situation," Hart added. "It's a situation that's been buzzing around the club for years ever since Txiki and Ferran -- the technical directors came -- there was always that strong Barcelona (link) with Guardiola."