England goalkeeper Joe Hart has issued a statement expressing his gratitude to Manchester City fans following the announcement of his season-long loan move to Torino.
The 29-year-old has been with City since 2006 but has decided on a move to Serie A, having slipped down the pecking order at the Etihad following the arrival of new manager Pep Guardiola.
His only appearance this season came on an emotional Champions League night against Steaua Bucharest and the subsequent arrival of Claudio Bravo from Barcelona appeared to push him further down the pecking order.
He wrote on Facebook on Wednesday evening: “Good evening. I just wanted to take this opportunity to address all the amazing Manchester City fans who have been so good to me.
“It’s been a difficult few weeks but that will never cloud the amazing journey and experience your great club has given to me.
“From the moment I signed in 2006, the club and its fans have given me football and life experiences I could never have imagined and I am so thankful for that.
“Football is a crazy game and, due to circumstances, I am now moving on to another chapter of my career and I am very grateful that Torino has given me this opportunity to play for their great club.
“But the feelings I felt during the recent Steaua Bucharest game will live with me forever. You can’t buy that and I will struggle to replicate them. So thank you for that and all the amazing memories.
“There are many great people at the club behind the scenes and the club is moving in the right direction, so I would like to wish Manchester City football club,all its staff and players and of course the fans, all the best for the coming season and beyond.
“Thanks again, Joe Hart.”