Manchester City dedicate training pitch to Joe Hart
By Matthew Treadwell
Last Updated: 19/10/18 4:20pm
Joe Hart has had a pitch at Manchester City's training ground dedicated to him in recognition of his 12-year spell with the club.
The 31-year-old moved to Burnley from City for £3.5m over the summer following loan spells at Torino and West Ham, after he fell out of favour under Pep Guardiola.
He played a key role in helping the club win their first Premier League title in dramatic fashion in the 2011/12 season after they pipped rivals Manchester United to the title.
Hart also won a further league title, the FA Cup and two League Cups during his time at the Etihad, making 348 appearances for City in total.
The dedication, which included the unveiling of a mosaic of Hart celebrating the club's 2012 title victory made by local artist and Manchester City fan, was made by fellow former goalkeeper Alex Williams and club ambassador Mike Summerbee.
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"It is truly fitting to mark Joe Hart's outstanding contribution to Manchester City in such a visible way," said Manchester City chairman, Khaldoon Al Mubarak.
"During his 12 years with the club, Joe not only produced some incredible individual displays, but also celebrated great success as a member of the club's most decorated team in decades.
Manchester City has been a huge part of my life and my career, and I'm immensely proud of what I and my teammates achieved
"His Manchester City legacy is assured and it is hoped that this tribute will serve to inspire future generations of goalkeepers who train at the City Football Academy dreaming of replicating his remarkable career."
Hart described the dedication as a "huge honour" as he prepares to face his former club at the Etihad on Saturday with Burnley.
"Having the goalkeeping pitch at the City Football Academy dedicated to me is a huge honour," said Hart.
"Manchester City has been a huge part of my life and my career, and I'm immensely proud of what I and my teammates achieved in that period.
"There have been some incredible goalkeeping legends throughout Manchester City's history, and I feel privileged that the club has chosen to recognise me amongst that number."