Former Burnley and England goalkeeper Joe Hart joins Tottenham Hotspur

Former Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart has joined Spurs on a two-year contract.
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Joe Hart

The 33-year-old 75-cap former England international was released by the Clarets at the end of his contract at the end of June, having made 24 appearances in all competitions following a move from Manchester City in the summer of 2018.

Hart won two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup with City, having moved from Shrewsbury Town in 2006.

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He won four Premier League Golden Glove awards at City and was twice named in the PFA Team of the Year.

Hart also had spells on loan at Torino and West Ham United

Having started the first 19 Premier League games of the 2018/19 season, Hart was replaced by Tom Heaton after a 5-1 defeat at home to Everton, and the Clarets then went a then club record eight Premier League games unbeaten, as they climbed away from the bottom three to finish 15th.

Nick Pope took over as number one following the sale of Heaton to Aston Villa last summer, and Hart would make only three more appearances, all in the cup competitions.

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Hart said to the BBC in June: "The fact I have had to sit on the bench for 18 months in the Premier League is not going to define or crush me.

"I remember who I am. I remember playing for my local Sunday league team and trying to get into the Shrewsbury Town first team. I learned early - you need to keep things in perspective.

"You can have great things said about you in football, but you have to be strong on self-criticism, analyse what you are doing and be comfortable with it.

"Maybe from the outside, people are thinking it is a time for panic, but from the inside it is a time to look forward and see all the opportunities.

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"I am young when it comes to goalkeeping. I am even younger when it comes to the mental age of a guy who just wants to go in goal and have people whack balls at him.

"I am under no illusions that Real Madrid are going to knock my door down, get [Thibaut] Courtois out and bring me in. But there is plenty more to come from me.

"I just need someone to believe in me and I will repay that faith."