‘That’s not why’ – Joe Hart explains why he joined Tottenham last season

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Joe Hart
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Joe Hart has explained that he signed for Tottenham last season to compete as a number one goalkeeper rather than just being a back-up option. 

The former England international joined Tottenham on a free transfer last summer after seeing his contract at Burnley come to an end.

Hart never featured for Spurs at all in the Premier League, however, he emerged as the club’s preferred option in goal during their run to the last 16 in the Europa League. 

He since departed North London to join Celtic for a £1 million transfer fee during the summer and has become Ange Postecoglou’s number one in goal, playing in eight of the club’s first nine matches in the Scottish Premiership. 

Although appearances for Hart came at a premium during his brief stint in N17, the 34-year-old insists that he never joined Spurs to sit on the bench, but to challenge for a position in the starting line-up. 

He said (via The Times): “I wouldn’t even consider winding down, I don’t know why I would. I don’t see an end to my footballing career.

“I’m physically very capable and mentally very capable. I feel like I’m more than good enough to be playing at this level.

“Even at Spurs, to the untrained eye that was me going to play back-up, but that’s not why I went there. I went there for different reasons with different conversations making my decision.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

The option to sign Hart made sense regarding the homegrown quota that Spurs needed to fulfill, rather than the football side of things. He isn’t the same goalkeeper that he was all those years ago, and that was displayed on a few occasions when he played for the club in Europe. 

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