With the news that Joe Hart has moved to Torino on a season-long loan, it looks like his time with Manchester City has come to a close. It’s certainly possible that the goalkeeper could return to the Blues and re-take the position as number one for the 2017-18 campaign, however even the most optimistic of his supporters would have to admit that it’s not going to happen. More likely is a permanent move away when this loan move ends.
It’s been a difficult transfer for many fans to take and Hart’s still held in the highest regard by thousands at the Etihad. He’s had highs and lows in his decade-long spell in Manchester, where he’s overcome a number of challenges and won a host of trophies along the way.
Here’s Joe Hart’s 10 years with the Blues in pictures.
19-year-old Joe Hart joins City in 2006 and links up with the squad on their pre-season tour of China.
After one appearance in 2006-07, Hart competes with Andreas Isaksson and Kasper Schmeichel for the starting berth under new manager Sven-Goran Eriksson.
An impressive performance from Hart helps keep City’s unbeaten home record in 2007-08, as they draw 0-0 with Liverpool.
Hart loses the ball among balloons on the pitch, as City are knocked out of the FA Cup at Sheffield United.
City win their first match at Old Trafford in 34 years, with some impressive stops from Hart.
Two great saves in the penalty shoot-out from Hart against FC Midtjylland save City’s bacon in the UEFA Cup.
An error in the dying seconds at West Brom allows Roman Bednar to lob Hart to steal the points – leaving City in the relegation zone at Christmas.
Hart returns from a season-long loan at Birmingham with a sensation display in a 0-0 draw at Tottenham.
An error at Leicester in the FA Cup third round allows Andy King to make it 2-2 and force a replay.
City win the replay with Leicester – and continue on to lift the FA Cup, with Hart playing in each round.
Hart celebrates with a Hadouken after scoring in a pre-season penalty shoot-out.
A fantastic display from Hart against Arsenal keeps City’s home winning streak going in 2011-12 – as the Blues win 1-0.
A brilliant Hart save in the dying embers of the game helps City beat Aston Villa 1-0 in their title-winning season.
Hart celebrates Sergio Aguero’s winner against QPR as City win the Premier League.
This is, frankly, adorable.
City struggle in the Champions League, but Hart excels as he’s in STUNNING form against Borussia Dortmund.
A horror-show at Southampton sees two errors from Hart and City lose, pretty much ending their chances of the title.
Hart saves a penalty from Frank Lampard as City beat Chelsea – the first time the Blues win a game in which he’d saved a spot-kick.
Hart’s late inclusion in the FA Cup final squad in 2013 couldn’t prevent a 1-0 loss to Wigan.
A mix-up with Matija Nastasic is the final straw, as Hart’s form dips and he’s dropped to the bench for a few weeks.
Hart joins the substitutes for the 7-0 win over Norwich.
Hart puts his body on the line and leaves with a black eye weeks after returning to the team against Crystal Palace.
A great save from Stephen Naismith by Hart puts a hand on the Premier League trophy for City in 2014.
Hart celebrates with the team on the bus for the parade of the Premier League and League Cup trophies.
Hart’s blushes are spared at QPR after the referee notices he’d touched a free kick twice.
Hart deals with the conditions at West Brom perfectly, as the Blues win on Boxing Day.
A last-minute penalty save from Lionel Messi gives City a chance in the second leg with Barcelona.
Hart’s sensational display in the second leg isn’t enough to help City through – but Messi describes him as “phenomenal” and “a titan”.
Defensive mix-ups lead to City’s first defeat of the season, after five games won on the bounce.
A penalty save against Borussia Monchengladbach helps City to a 2-1 win in their Champions League group.
Injury forces Hart off the pitch during City’s 1-0 loss to Juventus in the Champions League.
Hart’s reunited with former teammate Schmeichel following the 0-0 draw with Leicester – City’s first clean sheet of 2015-16 without Vincent Kompany in the team.
Hart produces a sensational stop to deny Dimitri Payet with a free kick.
A short backpass leaves Hart injured and having to be carried off in the Manchester Derby.
With the score at 0-0, Hart’s penalty save from Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the eventual 2-2 draw with PSG gives City a great platform.
A late save from Pepe prevents Real Madrid leaving the Etihad with an away goal – though the Blues lose the second leg and the semi-final tie overall 1-0.
Hart’s dropped for Pep Guardiola’s first game in charge, amid rumours about his future.
Hart waves goodbye after what’s likely to be his final appearance for City, a 1-0 win over Steaua Bucharest.
Compiled by David Mooney
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So, I guess this is goodbye
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