Burnley have completed the signing of Joe Hart from Manchester City in a permanent deal worth £3.5million, bringing to an end the goalkeeper’s 12-year stay at the club.
BREAKING: Clarets complete Joe Hart deal https://t.co/WgNgi3LRAx
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) August 7, 2018
Hart has signed a two-year contract with the option of a third. City will be due payments depending on Burnley’s progression in the Europa League and Premier League.
The 31-year-old becomes the third England international goalkeeper to join Sean Dyche’s side, with Nick Pope and Tom Heaton also on the books, but currently injured.
Injuries to his two main goalkeepers led to Dyche handing Hart the permanent move away from City he has been looking for after two years of loan spells away, at Italian side Torino and more recently West Ham.
It brings to an end a long and storied stint at Manchester City which saw the Blues sign him from Shewsbury in 2006 for a fee that was later revealed to be just £100,000. He would displace Shay Given as City’s number one and go on to be an important member of the legendary 2011-12 title-winning team, before winning the league again in 2013-14.
The arrival of Pep Guardiola pushed Hart out, with the Catalan coach believing Joe couldn’t play the style he requires of a goalkeeper. That led to the signing of Claudio Bravo from Barcelona, and when that didn’t work out, the arrival of Ederson from Benfica who has proven to be a sensation.
For the first time, Hart will line up against his former club this coming season and will undoubtedly receive a warm welcome when Burnley visit the Etihad Stadium.
Good luck to Joe Hart and thanks for your service!
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 7, 2018