Three Lions goalkeeper Joe Hart will look to rebuild his reputation at West Ham after they confirmed his arrival on a season-long loan deal from Manchester City.
The 30-year-old spent last term on loan at Serie A club Torino, where he kept five clean sheets in 36 outings, but the spell failed to impress City boss Pep Guardiola, who made him surplus to requirements once again.
Hart joined the Citizens in 2006 from hometown club Shrewsbury and enjoyed some success at the Etihad Stadium, winning two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the EFL Cup twice.
But the appointment of Guardiola in 2016 appeared to herald the end of his City career, with the England international now joining the Hammers with an option to make the move permanent in 12 months.
“It’s important for me to play football and to get the opportunity to come here and play is absolutely awesome,” Hart told West Ham TV in his first interview since signing.
“To be playing in the Premier League for a big club like West Ham, I’m really looking forward to the season.
“I’ve always loved the club. I think you’ll struggle to find anyone, apart from the direct opposing fans around London, who doesn’t love the club. It’s got something about it, it’s got a lot history and I’ve always loved playing against West Ham.
“We’ve moved into London Stadium and we’ve got Slaven [Bilic] in charge who I’ve spoken to and I’ve always enjoyed as a manager. He obviously did a good job with Croatia and he’s doing a good job here, so to get the opportunity to come here, it wasn’t really a hard decision.”
Commenting on his stint in Italy, Hart said: “It was a fun year and I did enjoy being part of Serie A and part of Torino, but I’m ready to come back and looking forward to being part of this fantastic league again.”