Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Manchester City goalkeeper signs for Burnley

Manchester City goalkeeper signs for Burnley

He admits the move wasn't an option until Pope's injury, but he now swells the goalkeeping ranks under coach Billy Mercer and has been impressed with the atmosphere at the club.

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is highly critical of the "exceptionally harsh" treatment that Burnley signing Joe Hart has suffered in the past few years.

The 31-year-old, who failed to make the England squad for the World Cup, has signed a two-year contract with Burnley for an undisclosed fee, the club said on Tuesday.

Hart spent 12 years as a City player but went from undisputed first-choice to fringe player after Pep Guardiola's arrival and spent the last two seasons on loan with Torino and West Ham.

Hart will compete with Nick Pope and Tom Heaton for the starting berth at Burnley.

Manager Sean Dyche made a decision to enter the market with Pope facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after dislocating his shoulder in the Europa League qualifier at Aberdeen and Heaton returning to fitness after a calf strain.

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"I've known Joe for a long time and I think he's been exceptionally harshly treated in many respects", the Denmark icon told Sky Sports News.

"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".

"I heard that was the vibe and I've come here first day, and you can just see it. Everyone wants to play for each other, everyone wants to win and everyone wants to do their best".

Hart, who will wear to No 20 jersey after a move which ends his 12-year association with City, is likely to become a back-up option when Heaton returns. Picture: Manchester City official Facebook page. They need to go on and do their thing and I need to do mine.

"I feel good. I feel like I'm in the right place and I feel like this is my time to kick on now".

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