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Hart Honoured Ahead Of City Return

Training pitch dedicated to goalkeeping great ahead of Clarets visit

19 October 2018

Joe Hart returns to Manchester City for the first time on Saturday after being honoured by his former club.

The England international ended a 12-year stay at the Etihad Stadium when he joined the Clarets this summer.

And in recognition of his service to City, where he won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups before spending time out on loan at Torino and West Ham United, the club has dedicated a goalkeeper training pitch to their former number one.

Former Burnley forward and City ambassador Mike Summerbee and ex-City keeper Alex Williams joined Joe Hart at the unveiling. Pic: Manchester City

“Having the goalkeeping pitch at the City Football Academy dedicated to me is a huge honour,” said Hart.

“Manchester City has been a huge part of my life and my career, and I’m immensely proud of what I and my teammates achieved in that period.

“There have been some incredible goalkeeping legends throughout Manchester City’s history, and I feel privileged that the club has chosen to recognise me amongst that number.”

Hart played 348 games for City but returns to face the champions as an ever-present for the Clarets in the Premier League this season since being signed in the summer by Burnley boss Sean Dyche following injuries to Tom Heaton and Nick Pope.

“Everyone knows what a good servant he’s been there and been a big part of what their recent history has been,” said Dyche.

“We’re happy to have him here. He’s done very well for us and he did very well for them and if they are recognising him in that way then fantastic.

“It’s good for him. It’s a nice little honour for him and a classy one from them.”

Hart visited City on Thursday afternoon to see the pitch, which is situated within the club’s City Football Academy site, and to unveil a mosaic inspired by his iconic 2012 title-winning celebrations.

And the 31-year-old will receive a replica of the mosaic and a lifetime season card from Khaldoon Al Mubarak after Saturday’s game.

City's club chaiman said: “It is truly fitting to mark Joe Hart’s outstanding contribution to Manchester City in such a visible way.”

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