Conte’s Hart set on Joe

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

JOE HART could be set for a re­turn to the Pre­mier League with­Chelsea, not Manch­ester City, want­ing to bring an end to his Ital­ian ad­ven­ture. The Eng­land No. 1 was sent on loan to Torino for the sea­son by Pep Guardi­ola af­ter the Spa­niard opted to re­place him with for­mer Barcelona goal­keeper Clau­dio Bravo. Hart has quickly be­come a fan favourite at the Serie A side af­ter some cru­cial saves en­sured back-to­back clean sheets last month, lead­ing to a ban­ner be­ing un­furled in his hon­our. It ap­pears An­to­nio Conte is also an ad­mirer of the 29-year-old af­ter the for­mer Ju­ven­tus and Italy man­ager was spot­ted in the crowd watching Hart play in Torino’s 2-1 vic­tory over Fiorentina on Sun­day.

Conte is in the process of re­jig­ging his Chelsea de­fence and it ap­pears the goal­keeper could be in­cluded in that with Thibaut Cour­tois ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a shaky start to the sea­son.

The Bel­gian also had a tough time last year and was sent off twice as Chelsea slumped to the worst-ever de­fence of a Pre­mier League ti­tle.

Cour­tois’ fu­ture in west Lon­don has been un­cer­tain since he re­vealed he was miss­ing Spain, where he spent three years with Atletico Madrid, and was long­ing for a re­turn there one day.

He clar­i­fied the com­ments this week by say­ing he meant he would like to re­turn to Spain af­ter his ca­reer ended and in­sisted he was com­mit­ted to win­ning tro­phies at Chelsea. – The Independent

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