England goalkeeper Joe Hart has joined Serie A side Torino on a season-long loan from Manchester City after being deemed surplus by City manager Pep Guardiola.
Hart, 29, saw himself fall down the pecking order at City after the arrival of Guardiola as the new manager. First he was benched in favor of Willy Caballero, and with the recent signing of Claudio Bravo from Barcelona, Hart was the third option between the posts. On Wednesday, his loan move to Torino was finalized, and Hart is looking forward to the new challenge.
“Suddenly, my career has been an important turning: it was a sign.Torino’s offer came in the right moment, with the right manner,” Hart told the club’s official 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. For this reasons I accepted President Cairo’s proposal. I have already met Attilio Lombardo, with whom I worked in Manchester winning a lot: I hope to live the same emotions this year. I have read some interview about Toro: the coach wants humility and ambition. I like that. That’s how I want to be.”
Torino president Urbano Cairo was delighted to have a player with Hart’s resume join the club.
“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,” Cairo said. “His transfer to Torino makes us proud and demonstrates our willingness to build a team more competitive: however, only the results will prove it.
“Surely, we have not hesitated when we have had the possibility to start a negotiation with MCFC.
Not only his talent, but Hart brings with him also humility and enthusiasm.These are the same features that characterize our Club. In this way, I am very glad of welcoming Joe Hart in Torino.”