Torino goalkeeper Joe Hart says he’s ready to embrace the Italian culture and learn the language to quickly adapt to life in Serie A.
Hart joined Torino on a season-long loan from Manchester City on the final day of the transfer window. The 29-year-old netminder made his debut for the club in the 2-1 loss to Atalanta, in which he stood for a mistake that led to Atalanta’s tying goal. The Shrewsbury native is eager to get acclimated to his new surroundings, and is looking to embrace the Italian culture.
“I don’t speak very good Italian. I think that’s obvious but I am doing my best to learn and buy into the culture because this really is a beautiful part of the world,” Hart said.
“I’m really excited to be here and play football in a different league. This new experience excites me and I’m going to work hard every day to improve myself as a person and as a player.
“I’m doing [language] lessons at every opportunity. I think it was most important for me to learn how speak and communicate with the players on the football field before I could have a conversation in a coffee shop.
“Now I’ll be looking to take major strides forward to really improve my Italian in order to interact on a daily basis.”
Torino sits in 12th place in the Serie A standings after opening the season with one win and two losses. The Maroons takes on Empoli at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.