Why Torino listed Joe Hart as 'John Hart' ahead of Serie A debut

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Joe Hart is currently playing his first game for Torino since arriving on loan from Manchester City.

The England international was deemed surplus to requirements by Pep Guardiola, who was even willing to start Willy Caballero ahead of Hart before signing his ideal goalkeeper.

Claudio Bravo eventually joined from Barcelona. A penny for Hart’s thoughts after the Spaniard’s unconvincing derby in yesterday’s Manchester derby.

Unless the 29-year-old can showcase some expert footwork in Italy, it would appear that his career at the Etihad is over. Guardiola will keep an eye on Hart’s progress but when the Catalan makes his mind up over a player, he usually sticks to it. Yaya Toure will attest to that.

Plenty of Man City fans are still upset at Hart’s exit but they probably couldn’t help smiling when they saw the team sheet for Torino’s game against Atalanta.

John Hart

Hart’s name was on it, of course, but not as fans predicted it would be. Instead of ‘Joe Hart’, someone put ‘John Hart’.

Not a mistake

On first glance, it appeared to be a mistake. A minor blunder - admittedly a humorous one - on Hart’s debut.

But Joe Hart’s mum wouldn’t have noticed the mistake. She did, after all, name her son Charles Joseph John.

Hart simply prefers to be called Joe. John is one of his middle names and Torino must have decided to opt with one of his official names.

It still didn’t prevent Twitter from laughing into hysterics.

Learning Italian

Hart’s manager, Sinisa Mihaijlovic, revealed that his new shot-stopper has learned 50 football-related Italian terms to prepare for life as a Serie A player.

"I had good feedback from him so I'm not surprised,” Mihaijlovic said, per the Mirror. “He is speaking a few words and phrases in Italian because we have taught him 50 basic football words such as pass, kick, forward and defend and midfield. That sort of thing."

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