Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Hart signs for Tottenham Hotspur

 Former England 'keeper Hart joins Tottenham

Former England No 1 goalkeeper Joe Hart will compete to be No 2 choice to Hugo Lloris after signing for Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old signed a two-year contract with Spurs with the club reportedly agreeing to pay him £50 000 a week, the same as his wages in an unsuccessful spell with Burnley.

"We are delighted to announce the signing of Joe Hart on a contract until 2022," read a Spurs statement on their website.

Hart will compete with Paulo Gazzaniga to sit on the bench – and get the nod for either League Cup or Europa League ties – as understudy to Lloris, whose own form was far from consistent last season.

He did excite interest form a variety of clubs ranging from newly-promoted Premier League side Leeds United to second tier Derby County and Scottish champions Celtic.

Hart's fall from grace has been dramatic – set in train by Pep Guardiola's arrival as Manchester City manager on 2016.

Guardiola made clear Hart – who won two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup with City – was not his type of goalkeeper and sent him on loan to Italian side Torino and then to West Ham.

He finally found a more permanent home with Burnley in 2018 but ended up as No 2 to Nick Pope last season.

Hart's international career suffered accordingly as he also lost his undisputed No 1 spot and was not even selected for the 2018 World Cup squad.

He has not added to his 75 caps – which included appearances at two European Championships (2012/16) and the 2014 World Cup finals – since November 2017.

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