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Burnley sign Joe Hart from Manchester City on a two year deal worth £3.5m

Joe Hart has completed his move from Manchester City to Burnley.

The former England No 1 has signed a two-year contract with Sean Dyche’s side, with the option of an extra season.

Burnley, who already have Tom Heaton and Nick Pope on their books, have paid around £3.5million plus add-ons for Hart.
Speaking about his time at the Etihad, Hart told CityTV: ‘It’s been a fantastic experience, I’ve grown a lot. I came here at 19 and I’m going to leave at 31 so it’s been a long time and lot of things have happened – family, friends and a lot of football!

‘I certainly feel a lot of love and appreciation. I’ve always enjoyed the Man City fans, I came here as a Shrewsbury Town player – a kid from Shrewsbury. It was the pinnacle for me to be at this club before they were challenging for the title, and I was welcomed from day one. I think they saw in me someone who was just going to try his best.

‘I wouldn’t have been able to do the things I’ve done if I wasn’t embraced or happy – so I’m happy to have given the fans some great memories and hopefully I’ll be thought of well.
Sportsmail revealed on Friday that Hart was set to bring his 12-year stay at City to an end after falling out of favour under Pep Guardiola.

He spent last season on loan at West Ham, but failed to impress enough to be included in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.

Hart also spent the 2016-17 campaign on loan at Serie A side Torino, making 37 appearances before returning to England.

The 31-year-old, who will wear the No 20 shirt at Turf Moor, has taken a significant pay cut to move as he looks to challenge Pope and Heaton for the No 1 spot this season.

Sportsmail understands City will be due payments from the Clarets depending on their progression in the Europa League and Premier League.

Hart is understood to be enthused by the move, citing the chance to play European football, and would be expected to start the third qualifying round first leg away at Istanbul Basaksehir this week.
Dyche is in the middle of a goalkeeping crisis after Pope dislocated his shoulder at Aberdeen. He is expected to face months on the sidelines after suffering a similar problem to the one that finished Heaton’s season last September.

Dyche has reservations over the immediate fitness of Heaton, who has not played for 11 months and is currently struggling with a calf injury. Anders Lindegaard deputised during last week’s extra-time victory over Aberdeen, his first start for two years.

City chairman, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, said: ‘Joe Hart’s contribution to Manchester City cannot be overstated. His 12 years at the club has seen him produce some remarkable performances and heart-stopping saves that will live in the memory for a long time to come.
His passion for and commitment to this club, evidenced by a remarkable tally of 348 appearances, means he will rightly be regarded as a City legend in perpetuity.

‘I want to personally thank him for everything he has given to us over very many years and he leaves with Sheikh Mansour’s and my heartfelt best wishes for the next step in his career. He will always be welcome at the club.’

City captain, Vincent Kompany, added: ‘Joe joined as a young lad from Shrewsbury and leaves as a City legend.

‘When you look at the club he joined and the club as it is now, we have come so far during his time in Manchester and Joe has been a huge part of that.

‘Those saves against Dortmund and Barcelona, that hug with Gael in 2012, these are moments we won’t ever forget.

‘It’s been an absolute pleasure to play alongside him for so many years and I know I speak on behalf of every City fan when I say I hope he means as much to his next club as he has meant to us.’

BATTLE FOR THE NO 1 SPOT

Joe Hart

Age: 31

Premier League appearances: 321

Premier League clean sheets: 123

England caps: 75

Nick Pope

Age: 26

Premier League appearances: 35

Premier League clean sheets: 11

England caps: 1

Tom Heaton

Age: 32

Premier League appearances: 77

Premier League clean sheets: 20

England caps: 3.

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