Hart still frustrated
City keeper unhappy with Etihad loan exit
Joe Hart is pretty frank about his move to Torino in Serie A this season.
He is in the land of Dino Zoff, Gianluigi Buffon and Walter Zenga. Asked whether that may have been a factor in choosing Italy, he says: “It was but I’m not going to lie. I wasn’t sat there with 25 options. I wasn’t. Torino was a really good option for me and it definitely excited me to go to play in Serie A and to play for Torino. That fit, in the situation I was in, was a good decision.”
“But it’s not about making brave decisions. It was a decision I had to make and was comfortable with. I felt I was capable of doing it and, where my options were, it was the best one for me in my opinion.”
“I had a situation at (Manchester) City where my playing time was going to be limited, full stop. So I had to look elsewhere. It was pretty quick. I wasn’t given much time so when that opportunity came, I was really, really grateful.”
“I spoke to the Torino manager Sinisa Mihajlovic, who made it clear that they did actually want me to play in the team, so that was enough.”
Many might have only tuned into to his first game, in which he made an error which cost a goal in the 2-1 defeat to Atalanta. Since then, his start has been much more auspicious: two wins, two draws, only two goals conceded and two clean sheets, with Torino in seventh.
The Torino ultras even have a Joe Hart banner, which has been loaned to them by Manchester City fans, who still hold him in great esteem.
The reasons for his move have already been intricately analysed. Pep Guardiola is a coach in the tradition of Johan Cruyff who regards his goalkeepers as the first line of attack, a playmaker who also happens to make
England and Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart in action against Malta.