England keeper Hart makes move from City to Burnley

Reuters BURNLEY, England (Reuters) — England goalkeeper Joe Hart has signed a two-year contract with Premier League Burnley as he seeks to rebuild his career after falling out of favor at Manchester City.

Burnley did not disclose the transfer fee but media reports said the 31-year-old, with 75 international caps, cost about £3.5 million ($4.5 million).

Hart made 348 appearances for City and won two Premier League titles with the club.

Burnley has two other England keepers on its books in Nick Pope and Tom Heaton, but both are sidelined by injuries.

Pope, who was part of England’s World Cup squad in Russia but did not play, suffered a dislocated shoulder in a Europa League qualifying match against Aberdeen last month and faces several months on the sidelines.

Heaton missed most of last season with a similar injury and his return has been hampered by a calf problem.

Hart joined City in 2006 from his hometown club Shrewsbury Town and was part of its Premier League title wins in 2012 and 2014. But he fell out of favor following the arrival of Pep Guardiola as manager in 2016.

Serie A side Torino took Hart on loan, and he then spent last season on loan at West Ham United, where he had an inconsistent campaign and struggled to hold down a first team spot.

“It’s definitely the right time for me to move on,” Hart told Burnley’s Clarets Player HD. “They [Manchester City] are doing fantastic and I’m very happy for them. 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,” he said.


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