Man City outcast Hart completes Torino loan move
31 August 2016, 19:31
London - Out-of-favour Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart
has joined Italian club Torino on a season-long loan, the two clubs announced
The England international, 29, arrives in Turin after being
frozen out at City by new manager Pep Guardiola.
Hart had been City's first-choice goalkeeper since 2010,
winning two Premier League titles, two League Cups and one FA Cup, but
Guardiola signed Chile's Claudio Bravo to replace him.
"Suddenly (in) my career has been an important turning:
it was a sign. Torino's offer came in the right moment, with the right
manner," Hart said in a statement on Torino's English-language website.
"I am very excited to compare myself in an important
and beautiful league such as Serie A. History of Italian goalkeeper is known
everywhere: I am sure I could learn in Torino too."
Hart was pictured signing his contract on the Torino
He was mobbed by fans after flying in to Turin on Tuesday
and was later pictured posing with the club's shirt on a balcony in the city.
Hart will now link up with the England squad, who are
preparing for their opening 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Slovakia on
Also read: Hart arrives for Torino medical
"Joe Hart is an international goalkeeper with a
considerable experience in Manchester City Football Club and in his national
team, where he made his debut when he was only 21," said Torino president
"His transfer to Torino makes us proud and demonstrates
our willingness to build a team more competitive."
Hart will be only the third English goalkeeper to play in
He is expected to take the gloves from Daniele Padelli, who
has failed to impress coach Sinisa Mihajlovic since the former Lazio defender
became coach in May.
Torino are seventh in the Italian top flight after two
matches of the season.
Hart could make his Torino debut on September 11 when the
'Granata' face Atalanta in Bergamo.
Guardiola explained that he had dropped Hart due to his
desire to use a goalkeeper more comfortable with the ball at his feet.
Willy Caballero, Hart's deputy last season, began the
campaign as City's first-choice goalkeeper.
Last week, Bravo signed from Guardiola's former club
Barcelona in a deal reportedly worth around 17 million ($22 million, 19 million
"A key figure in a golden age in the club's history,
Joe has collected as many individual prizes as he has team honours in his
decade at the Etihad Stadium," City wrote on their website.
"A popular, well-liked figure in the dressing room and
a fans' favourite thanks to his articulate, straight-talking candour in
interviews, Hart now joins Turin-based Serie A outfit Torino for the remainder
of the current campaign. From everyone at the club, good luck and thank you,
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