Pundit reveals how Mourinho may be looking ‘prove a point’ to Pep Guardiola

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Former Leeds United defender, Danny Mills has hailed Tottenham’s capture of Joe Hart and claimed that the experienced goalkeeper can go on to be a fantastic servant for the North Londoners for several years.

Gauging by the reaction of some Spurs fans on social media, Hart’s arrival has been received rather positively.

Jose Mourinho admitted after Tottenham’s 3-0 win over Ipswich on Saturday that he is delighted to have the experienced shot-stopper on board (Spurs TV).

The former England number one has endured a difficult few years since falling out of favour at Manchester City after the arrival of Pep Guardiola.

Mills backed Hart to rediscover his form at Spurs and admitted that he would have loved to see him at Elland Road.

The former England defender also suggested that Mourinho may have been looking to prove a point to Guardiola by getting the best out of Hart again.

When asked if signing the goalkeeper was a clever piece of business by the Lilywhites, pundit told Football Insider: “Without a doubt that is a smart signing.

“I said all along that I wanted him at Leeds. He is only 33 so he could have six years left. Goalkeepers easily go into their late thirties. He is unbelievably fit because he looks after himself incredibly well.

“When he first came into Manchester City he was working with Eric Steele, an incredible goalkeeper coach who has brought on David De Gea as well.

“Pep decided to bin him for no reason whatsoever. You wonder if that is Mourinho going, ‘Well, you did not want him but I will have him and prove a point.’

“Hart’s work rate and dedication are incredible. He also adds to the homegrown quota which is a bonus.”

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While there is obviously no love lost between Jose and Pep, to suggest that the Portuguese coach bought Hart to Spurs to prove a point to the City boss, is certainly a stretch. The signing was a no-brainer for us given that we needed another backup goalkeeper after losing Vorm. Hart’s leadership qualities are also something that would have likely appealed to Jose since he has talked about the need for more strong voices in the dressing room.

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