Joe Hart Looking For Top Level Move Overseas
Former England International and Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart has admitted his best chance of continuing his career at the top level may be to move abroad. The Clarets keeper who is out of contract in the summer has made just three cup appearances this season and has not played a Premier League game since the 5-1 defeat to Everton on Boxing Day 2018.
There have been a number of changes in the Clarets goalkeeping department this season with former club captain Tom Heaton moving to Aston Villa for first-team football and Nick Pope establish himself as Sean Dyche’s Number one. The changes look set to continue with both Joe Hart and Adam Legzdins both out of contract in the summer.
Hart, who spent the 2016-17 season in Italy with Torino Football Club is realistic about what is to come but believes he still has plenty to offer at the top level, he said, “I’m totally open, I just want to play at the highest level I can. I don’t feel I am going to be able to do that in England. Maybe if I hadn’t achieved what I’ve done in this league I might not be so ready to step away. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have another big chance in England but it could be difficult.
This lockdown has made me realise how much I want to play football, all I want to do is be a big part of something. I understand I’m not going to be part of Real Madrid. I don’t think I’ve lost the ability, but I know how football works. I just want to be a big part of a club and give my all to them, that hope burns through me.”
Hart is back in training with his Burnley team-mates said the 5-1 defeat that ended his run as the Clarets number one is etched in his memory, but Hart is philosophical about seeing his time as Dyche’s first choice end after half a season. “I spoke to Sean after he dropped me because I felt I’d had a strong season, but the gaffer said ‘Look Joe, I think you’ve been fantastic but for the good of the team I need to try this one last change.
Tom Heaton came in and did great and the team picked up and went back to their old winning ways. It’s been tough there is no secret, pure game-time is difficult because with the greatest respect to Burnley, they’re not a cup team. Staying in the Premier League is all important, it’s just not my time right now but I’m determined my time will come again”