JOE HART is relishing the chance to start again from scratch after signing for Tottenham yesterday.
It is a sign of the sharp decline in the former England goalkeeper’s career since winning the last of his 75 international caps in 2017 that he arrives to provide competition for regular No.1 Hugo Lloris and Paulo Gazzaniga.
But Hart, who was released by Burnley at the end of last season, is relishing the opportunity to work under Spurs boss Jose Mourinho.
‘I’ve always had a good relationship when playing against him, we’ve always found a way to come together and discuss the game,’ said 33-year-old Hart, who has signed a two-year contract. ‘There’s no getting away from it, it’s been a difficult couple of years for me personally but I’m here to work as a team player.
‘Whether my name is on the team sheet or not, it’s a squad effort. I know what it takes to win titles and change a squad’s dynamic for the better. I’ve got huge admiration for Hugo, one of the world’s greatest goalkeepers. I feel like I’m starting again. I quite enjoy that feeling. My body is certainly ready.’
Hart won two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup during 12 years at Manchester City. However, he fell out of favour after Pep Guardiola arrived as boss in 2016, going out on loan to Torino and West Ham before making just 24 appearances in two seasons at Burnley.
‘I feel like I’ve got a lot of quality, a lot in the bank, but not much game time recently,’ added Hart, who has shown off his new shredded physique on Instagram in recent weeks.
‘I’ve tried to grow as a person, tried to grow as a player, tried to use my time, tried to look at it differently. I still feel like exactly the same player, and I still feel like I’ve got more to give.’