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Joe Hart's message to Man City fans after Torino move

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Joe Hart's career has taken many twist and turns, but no one quite foresaw the England international completing a loan move to Torino at the age of 29.

Having been demoted to third-choice goalkeeper at Manchester City by Pep Guardiola, behind Claudio Bravo and Willy Cabellero, the shot-stopper had no choice but to leave and must now adapt to his new surroundings in Serie A.

Hart was also linked with Everton and Liverpool, but perhaps moving away from the Premier League altogether is what's best.

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It was a saddening sight for City fans to see their No.1 'keeper treated in such a way at the Etihad Stadium and they'll ultimately be happy at the fact he won't be withering away on the substitutes' bench.

And it seems the respect is mutual after Hart released a touching statement on his official Facebook page - which you can also read here - to thank those who have supported him in Manchester over the past 10 years.

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He said: "Good evening. I just wanted to take this opportunity to address all the amazing Manchester City fans who have been so good to me.

"It's been a difficult few weeks but that will never cloud the amazing journey and experience your great club has given to me. From the moment I signed in 2006, the club and its fans have given me football and life experiences I could never have imagined and I am so thankful for that.

"Football is a crazy game and, due to circumstances, I am now moving on to another chapter of my career and I am very grateful that Torino has given me this opportunity to play for their great club.

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"But the feelings I felt during the recent Steaua Bucharest game will live with me forever. You can't buy that and I will struggle to replicate them. So thank you for that and all the amazing memories.

"There are many great people at the club behind the scenes and the club is moving in the right direction, so I would like to wish Manchester City football club, all its staff and players and, of course, the fans, all the best for the coming season and beyond."

Class.

Whilst leaving City for foreign soil must have been a difficult decision for Hart, the importance of first-team football cannot be understated.

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The 29-year-old needs regular action to not only win over Guardiola - or potential other suitors for that matter - but also to ensure he remains England's No.1 heading into the future.

He faces stiff competition from Southampton's Fraser Forster and Sam Allardyce wouldn't hesitate to drop Hart if he isn't playing week in, week out.

England's latest manager will be pleased that Hart's future has been sorted, though, after admitting his situation was "a big concern" earlier this month.

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