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Manchester City name training pitch after Joe Hart ahead of Saturday return

Joe Hart will return to the Etihad Stadium with Burnley to face Manchester City for the first time on Saturday, after leaving his long-time club for Sean Dyche’s side in the summer.

The 31-year-old joined Burnley in a £3.5 million deal following loan spells away from City at Torino and West Ham, with Pep Guardiola’s arrival effectively bringing Hart’s City career to an end.

However, Hart’s achievements have not been forgotten and according to the Daily Mail, he returned to City on Thursday for a small ceremony to mark his service and five major trophies during a 12-year spell with the Manchester club.

City have named a training pitch after Hart and presented him with a mosaic to commemorate his City career, similar to what Yaya Touré received after his final game for the Blues last season.

Aymeric Laporte, who only trained with Hart during the summer, spoke highly of the goalkeeper earlier and expects him to receive a warm reaction from fans.

“He’s a very good goalkeeper and a very good person, too,” said Laporte. “He was well liked by all the players and I think the supporters of Manchester City love him because of his achievements over the years.

“He trained really well and was very professional during the summer, so it will be nice to see him again and I am sure he will get a fantastic reception when he walks out on Saturday.”

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