|Desc||Joe Hart may have suffered Wall Street-esque crash in recent years, but you would be a fool to forget just how good the 32-year-old was at the peak of his powers. As many as 109 of Hart’s 127 Premier League clean sheets came during his trophy-laden time with Manchester City, helping the club to two league titles among those honours|
|Org||England National Team|
|Club as Player||Burnley|
|West Ham [Loan]|
2016 10 08 Retrieve
[Joe Hart reveals why he left Manchester City] Football is a game of opinions and some people have a great opinion of me and some people probably think I’m absolutely useless. Unfortunately for me, one of the guys’ opinions in charge of my club at the time wasn’t as strong as it needed to be
Some people you struggle to argue with, they’ve got a lot of strong backing to what they say and what they do. It’s hard to please everyone and I learnt quite early that that’s never going to happen
I had a situation at City where my playing time was going to be limited, so I had to look elsewhere. I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t sat there with 25 options. I felt like Torino FC was the best option for me and it was pretty quick. I wasn’t given much time so when that opportunity came, I was really grateful
[So is it a realistic goal to go back to City?] I’m at Torino for the season and it’s hard to look past these [England] internationals. How this season plays out, or what comes of it, will be however it ends up. I’m at Torino with huge commitment to the club, huge commitment to the season, the culture, the football and I’m going to give it my all. Whatever happens, happens.
I need to improve all the time because I’m still learning the game and the game is changing all the time. I love trying to improve. I love that challenge. I want to keep developing until I physically can’t.
[Hart is hoping to impress interim England manager Gareth Southgate] There’s always a threat to my place that’s very evident because we’ve got some fantastic keepers. Tom [Heaton] and Fraser are performing brilliantly in the Premier League from what I’ve seen. Sunderland aren’t doing well as a team but Jordan [Pickford] is doing well. So there are good keepers everywhere you look and you can’t rest. There is never that feeling. Right from playing under-14s at Shrewsbury Town, you’ve got to be aware of your surroundings
[Hart has now played under four managers with England, with Gareth Southgate the latest appointment following the dismissal of Allardyce] I think it’s definitely down to us to create an identity of the team that we are trying to be. Win, lose or draw, I think we need an identity of why we won, why we lost, why it didn’t go very well. I’ve never been looking too far ahead. It’s always been the future and the present and the near future.
Gareth is the England manager. He has come in and set a really good example. He’s had a lot of work with the FA previously. Asking the 21 lads what Gareth is like as a manager, [there] couldn’t be a more positive reaction. From what I’ve seen, I am excited to work with him
2016 12 03 Retrieve
[England goalkeeper Joe Hart thinks AC Milan’s 17-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has impressed him since his loan move to Torino] I’m really impressed, I don’t know about surprised, but I’m very, very impressed with him. He just seems to perform every single week. [Just] 17 years old, been doing it since he was 16 – that’s young for a goalkeeper to play at this level. He’s not just interesting to watch because he’s young, he’s interesting to watch because he’s actually very good and that’s a big compliment to him. He’s already a special talent. If he continues then the sky is the limit for him. It’s not easy to be consistently very good. You can have a good game and one small mistake and the whole world changes. But he’s at a special club which loves him, he’s got the backing of the whole nation and he can learn from [Italy’s Gianluigi] Buffon as well
2017 09 23 Retrieve
[Joe Hart comments about a video circulating of team-mate Pablo Zabaleta scoring a goal on him in training] That’s the beauty of social media. They’re always going to put up the one goal that flies in the top corner, but if they filmed the other 99.9 per cent of training, they’d look at his laughable shooting!