Outgoing Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart: “I just need someone to believe in me”

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When Joe Hart’s contract with Burnley expires on Tuesday, the former England No. 1 player, 33, will be without a club for the first time in 17 years.The 33-year-old goalkeeper admits his days of demand are over, but says there is still a lot left in the tank.

“I’m young when it comes to the goalkeeper,” Hart told the BBC. “I’m even younger when it comes to the mental age of a guy who just wants to go to the goal and people hit him with balls. I have no illusions that Real Madrid will knock on my door, get [Thibaut] Courtois comes out and bring me. But there is much more to come from me. I just need someone to believe in me and I will repay that faith. ”

Hart has spent the past two seasons with Burnley primarily in a reserve role behind Nick Pope, making 24 appearances in two campaigns in all competitions. He hasn’t made a single appearance in the Premier League this season.

Placed 75 times by England with only Peter Shilton having more appearances in the Three Lions’ net, Hart says that he will not allow this disappointment to fester.

“The fact that I had to sit on the bench for 18 months in the Premier League is not going to define or crush me,” said Hart. “I remember who I am. I remember playing for my local Sunday league team and trying to get in [hometown club] First team from Shrewsbury Town. I learned early – you have to keep things in perspective. You can have great things to say about yourself in football, but you have to be self-critical, analyze what you are doing and be comfortable with it. ”

Joining Manchester City in 2006 led Hart to pile up the silverware. In his nine seasons with City, Hart has won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups. Personally, he has won the Premier League Golden Glove four times, an honor given to the goalkeeper with the cleanest linens of the season.

After losing his starting spot in the city net with the arrival of Ederson in 2017, Hart spent a season on loan in Turin, becoming the very first English goalkeeper in Serie A, then a loaner in the Premier League to West Ham. before signing for Burnley.

Although the future is unknown for Hart, he remains enthusiastic about it.

“Maybe from the outside, people think it’s time to panic, but from the inside, it’s time to look to the future and see all the opportunities,” said Hart .



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