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joe hartAhead of his return to Manchester City tomorrow for Burnley, goalkeeper Joe Hart has been back after his former club chose to dedicate a training pitch in his name.

The decision to dedicate a pitch within their 80-acre City Football Academy site is in recognition of his 12 year association with the club. He was there yesterday with Alex Williams, another former goalkeeper, and ex-Claret and City ambassador Mike Summerbee for the unveiling of a mosaic that shows Joe’s 2012 title winning celebrations.

Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, said: “It is truly fitting to mark Joe Hart’s outstanding contribution to Manchester City in such a visible way. 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.

“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, who will receive a personal replica tomorrow at the Stadium, said: “Having the goalkeeping pitch at the City Football Academy dedicated to me is a huge honour. 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.”

 

Photograph courtesy of Manchester City FC

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