TURIN, Italy — Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart completed a loan move to Torino on Wednesday, signing a one-year contract with the Serie A club.
The 29-year-old England goalkeeper has lost his starting spot at City since Pep Guardiola arrived as coach during the offseason, falling to third choice behind new signing Claudio Bravo and Willy Caballero.
“All of a sudden my career reached a turning point, I interpreted it as a sign of fate. And so I had to do something,” Hart said in an Italian statement on the Torino website. “The offer from Torino arrived at the right moment, in the right way. I am very happy to be able to test myself in a lovely and difficult league such as Serie A.
“The goalkeeping school here is known around the world, so I am convinced I can still learn a lot here. That’s also why I immediately accepted President Cairo’s offer with great enthusiasm.”
No financial details have been given but reports say City will pay 60 percent of Hart’s salary.
Hart follows a long list of English players in Italy, but is one of the few at the top of his game to move abroad in recent times. None of England’s players at the European Championship were based overseas.
Attilio Lombardo, who was part of Roberto Mancini’s backroom staff at City and is now assistant to Torino coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, is thought to have played a key part in the move.
“I already know Lombardo, I worked with Attilio in Manchester and we also won. Let’s hope we can experience again so many great emotions together,” Hart said. “I have read some interviews about Toro, the coach wants his players to be humble but ambitious: I like that a lot, too, and that’s how I want to be.”
City thanked Hart with a message on its website.
On Tuesday, Hart was greeted by about 200 fans loudly chanting his name at Torino’s headquarters, and there were further cheers and applause when he appeared at the window brandishing a club jersey with his name on the back.