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Published: 11:12 | 1/9/16

Hart thanks City fans


Joe Hart has written an emotional farewell to Manchester City supporters following his deadline day moved to Torino.

Pep Guardiola's desire to have a goalkeeper who is better with his feet resulted in Hart being frozen out of the City starting line-up.

After being told he was free to leave the club during the transfer window, Hart was linked with a number of City's Premier League rivals but he will spend the rest of the season at Torino after agreeing a loan deal with the Serie A side.

While he is under contract to City until 2019, Hart has all but confirmed that his time at the Premier League club is at an end as he thanked fans for the support shown to him during a 'difficult few weeks'.

“I just wanted to take this opportunity to address all the amazing Manchester City fans who have been so good to me,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

“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."

Hart captained City during the recent Champions League play-off against Steaua Bucharest and he received a hero’s welcome in what was to be his final appearance for the club.

“The feelings I felt during the recent Steaua Bucharest game will live with me forever," he wrote.

“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.”

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