Joe Hart has taken to social media to pour his heart out after leaving Manchester City for Torino on a season-long loan deal.
New City boss Pep Guardiola made it clear that Hart wouldn’t be his first-choice goalkeeper for this campaign and the England international fell even further down the pecking order when the club signed Claudio Bravo from Barcelona last week.
That led to Hart looking for a way out at the Etihad Stadium and he finalised a move to Serie A side Torino on deadline day.
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The keeper was one of several players to leave City on loan during deadline day, including Eliaquim Mangala, Samir Nasri and Wilfried Bony.
Hours after completing his move to the Italian side, Hart wrote an emotional goodbye message on Facebook to the City fans.
“I just wanted to take this opportunity to address all the amazing Manchester City fans who have been so good to me. It’s been a difficult few weeks but that will never cloud the amazing journey and experience your great club has given to me,” the 29-year-old wrote.
“From the moment I signed in 2006, the club and its fans have given me football and life experiences I could never have imagined and I am so thankful for that.
“Football is a crazy game and, due to circumstances, I am now moving on to another chapter of my career and I am very grateful that Torino has given me this opportunity to play for their great club.
“But the feelings I felt during the recent Steaua Bucharest game will live with me forever. You can’t buy that and I will struggle to replicate them. So thank you for that and all the amazing memories.
“There are many great people at the club behind the scenes and the club is moving in the right direction, so I would like to wish Manchester City football club, all its staff and players and of course the fans, all the best for the coming season and beyond.”