Veteran English goalkeeper Joe Hart, who was released by Burnley towards the end of the 2019-20 Premier League season, has joined Tottenham Hotspur as a free agent, as the club has officially confirmed signing the player on a two year long deal.
Once a prominent goalkeeper in the English top flight scene, Joe Hart’s age was taking a toll on his performance. In addition to that, the arrival of the young and energetic Ederson at the club, Hart started falling down the pecking order.
The England international’s 12 year long stint at the Etihad stadium, which includes two Premier League trophies, ended after two loan spells away to Torino and West Ham United, before he joined Burnley in 2018.
Following two seasons at Turf Moor and only making three appearances, the Clarets relesed the 33 year old keeper as a free agent by the end of June.
The veteran, who has completely transformed himself during the COVID-19 lockdown period, showed enthusiasm about his return to regular football. Now, confirmed to join the Spurs from next season, Joe Hart only has to look forward.
I have so much to give: Joe Hart on his move to Tottenham from being a free agent
With the presence of the veteran Hugo Lloris and the young Argentine Paulo Gazzaniga, its no doubt that Joe Hart will have tough competitions at the club to make it to regular starting 11. However, the shot stopper is all eager to give his all for the team.
“I’m here to help the team in any way I can, be it on the field, off the field, I’m here to try and push the club forward,” said Hart following his move to north London.
“There’s no getting away from it, it has been a difficult couple of years for me personally on the football field but I feel I have so much to give.”
Hart made 266 appearances for the Citizens, and Spurs gaffer José Mourinho wasted no time to pick the experienced keeper on his release from Burnley.
“I feel like I have a lot of quality and I obviously have a lot in the bank. I’m here to work as a team player, I always have been and always will be, whether my name is on the teamsheet or not,” Hart added.
Joe Hart is the second official signing for the The Lilywhites in this transfer window, just a week after Mourinho signed Danish midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg from Southampton.