Kasper Schmeichel slams 'exceptionally harsh' treatment of Joe Hart

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The Citizens have sold Joe Hart, who had been with the club for 12 years, to Burnley in a deal understood to be worth £5 million (R87 million).

The arrival of Hart strengthens Burnley's impressive goalkeeping ranks following a dislocated shoulder sustained by Nick Pope at Aberdeen that will keep him on the sidelines for a time. However, a series of high-profile errors prior to the arrival of Pep Guardiola meant that his place at the club has been perilous in recent years.

The 31-year-old ultimately lost his place in England's World Cup squad too, edged out by Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Pope for a place in Gareth Southgate's plans this summer. "They (Manchester City) are doing fantastic and I'm very happy for them".

The 31-year-old could start the opening game of the Premier League season against Southampton on August 12, with fellow England internationals Nick Pope and Tom Heaton now injured. "But if there's one thing I know about Joe then it's his mentality, his strength of mind and if anyone can bounce back from that or come through that, it's definitely him". "But the arrival of Hart, 31, adds even more global experience to Burnley's squad as he competes with Tom Heaton and Anders Lindegaard for a starting spot".

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Premier League champions Manchester City, who have had a relatively quiet transfer window so far, have now announced their first departure.

"Joe Hart's contribution to Manchester City can not be overstated", Al Mubarak said in a statement on Manchester City's website.

Hart, who last played for England in a friendly against Brazil in November 2017, was a pivotal member of the City sides that won Premier League titles in 2012 and 2014.

"His 12 years at the club has seen him produce some remarkable performances and heart-stopping saves that will live in the memory for a long time to come".

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