Monday May 25 2020
Hart: 'Loved Torino spell'

Joe Hart has revealed that he ‘absolutely loved’ his time at Torino and is ‘totally open’ to a second spell in Serie A.

Hart made 37 appearances for Torino during the 2016-17 campaign, establishing himself as a fans’ favourite, although President Urbano Cairo admitted to expecting less mistakes from a goalkeeper who was England’s No 1 at the time.

“I enjoyed being part of that club,” he told The Guardian.

“In terms of being in a different country, experiencing a different culture, playing a different league, I absolutely loved it. It’s definitely something I’d love to do again.

“I like to think I’m a good catch. I’m on a free contract, I’ve got experience and real hunger.

“The Premier League has been great for me but I’m more than willing to spread my wings.”

“I’m totally open. I just want to play at the highest level I can. In England, I don’t feel I am going to be able to do that.

“Maybe if I hadn’t achieved what I’ve done in this league I might not be so ready to step away.

“Don’t get me wrong. I’d love to have another big chance in England, but it could be difficult.”

His loan move to Turin came during the same summer as Pep Guardiola’s arrival at Manchester City...

“I made sure we had dialogue. I certainly backed myself to the hilt when we spoke.

“I listened to what he had to say. There’s more to it than me not being as good with my feet as he wants from a goalkeeper. I realised he needed to make his stamp at City.

“He had a direction he wanted to go and he’s not exactly struggled since, has he?

“I was fairly concerned. Lots of important people tried to reassure me. But you just have a feeling, don’t you?

“I came back late from the [2016] Euros and he made it clear when I got there that I needed to be out by that window. That’s Pep’s brilliance.

“He makes decisions and stands by them. I don’t dislike him. We get on as men and we both love football.”

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