Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Joe Hart completes Burnley transfer from Manchester City

Joe Hart completes Burnley transfer from Manchester City

The 31-year-old England global has joined the Clarets for an undisclosed fee on an initial two-year deal, joining Tom Heaton and Nick Pope at Turf Moor.

The 31-year-old, who cost Burnley a reported £3.5 million ($4.5million), failed to make the England squad for the World Cup despite playing in all but one of the qualifiers.

"It's definitely the right time for me to move on", Hart told Burnley's official website. "They (Manchester City) are doing fantastic and I'm very happy for them".

Hart has signed a two-year contract with the option of a third. They need to go on and do their thing and I need to do mine.

Manager Sean Dyche was not expecting to be in the market for a goalkeeper this summer but injuries to Nick Pope and Tom Heaton - both England internationals in their own right - forced his hand.

"I certainly feel a lot of love and appreciation".

However, Hart's role was reduced with the arrival of Pep Guardiola and he spent mixed loan spells with Torino and West Ham over the past two seasons. "But the arrival of Hart, 31, adds even more worldwide experience to Burnley's squad as he competes with Tom Heaton and Anders Lindegaard for a starting spot".

After initially gaining further senior experience out on loan at Birmingham City, Blackpool and Tranmere Rovers, Hart was an ever-present in 2011/12 as City won the Premier League title for the first time and ended a 44-year wait to become champions of England.

"Joe Hart's contribution to Manchester City can not be overstated", said City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak.

Hart, who has won 75 England caps, made almost 350 appearances for City, winning two Premier League titles and one FA Cup.

"His 12 years at the club have seen him produce some remarkable performances and heart-stopping saves that will live in the memory for a long time to come", Al Mubarak said.

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