Senior Manchester City players threatened to quit if sacked manager Robert Mancini was staying, it has been revealed.
City are hoping Manuel Pellegrini can heal the wounds caused by the Italian's confrontational management style, with the Chilean expected to sign a two-year deal next month.
Hart met club officials to voice his anger at the way he was being treated by Mancini and indicated he was ready to quit.
Kompany, the Belgian defender who has been an inspirational leader, had also become estranged from his manager to the point where he was also questioning his future.
Even mild-mannered Silva made it clear that playing under Mancini had become unbearable.
All three players have committed themselves to long-term contacts and are regarded as jewels in the crown by the club's Abu Dhabi-based owners.