CONFIRMED: Joe Hart Joins Torino On Season-Long Loan Deal



After what seems like an eternity of speculation, Joe Hart's move to Torino has finally been confirmed. 

He joins the Serie A side on a season-long loan and will play under the management of former Yugoslavian international Siniša Mihajlović. 

Hart will do battle with Italian goalkeeper Daniele Padelli for the number one spot at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino.

While the transfer isn't a permanent deal, Hart is unlikely to break his way into the City team next season as the club have recently acquired Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Baravo from Barcelona.

Upon signing, Hart spoke of what motivated him to move to Italy: 

"Suddenly, my career has undergone a change, I took it as a sign of destiny, so I had to do something...

The offer from Torino came at the right time, in the right way. I'm very happy to be able to test myself in a beautiful and difficult League like Serie A. Your goalkeeping tradition is recognised throughout the world, so I'm convinced I can learn a lot here at Toro.

For that reason, I immediately accepted President Cairo's offer with great enthusiasm. In terms of the staff, I already know Lombardo, I worked together with Attillio in Manchester and we won, we hope to relive a lot of wonderful emotions together. I read some interviews from Toro, the Coach wants humble but ambitious players - I also really like that, that's how I want to be."

What's your farewell message for Joe? Has Pep Guardiola mistreated a player who has won five major honours during his time in Manchester including two Premier League titles? Let us know in the comments. 

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James Fenton

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