Italian club Torino have confirmed the signing of Joe Hart on a season-long loan deal from Manchester City.
The English goalkeeper has been the centre of much speculation regarding a move away from the Etihad Stadium after falling behind in the pecking order to Willy Caballero and new signing Claudio Bravo.
New England Sam Allardyce stated it was important that Hart continues to play at a top level, saying “We want as many players as possible in their club’s first team that join up with the squad, then go on to play for England and be successful”.
Following the 29 year-old’s move to Il Toro, Hart has become the first English goalkeeper to appear in Serie A since the league began in the 1929/30 season and has joined an exclusive list of players that have forged a career in Italy, joining the likes of David Beckham, Paul Gascoigne and Paul Ince.
Since joining from Shrewsbury Town in 2006, Hart has made 266 Premier League appearances for Manchester City, keeping 107 clean sheets for the club. Hart has also become England’s undisputed number one goalkeeper following a successful loan spell at Birmingham City.
Hart has praised Torino as an ambitious club, pronouncing his excitement to test himself in the Serie A at the 7 times Scudetto winners in his first interview at the club. Torino president Urbano Cairo claims Hart’s arrival has made the squad stronger, saying “His transfer to Torino makes us proud and demonstrates our willingness to build a team more competitive”.