Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has officially been signed by Italian club Torino on a season-long loan. The deal was completed right at the last minute of the summer transfer season, and the keeper is delighted to face a new challenge in the Serie A.

“Torino’s offer came at the right moment for me, in the right manner, and I’m very excited to test myself in an important and beautiful league such as Serie A,” said Hart, in a statement shared by the club’s official website.

According to The Guardian, Joe Hart left Manchester on Tuesday. He flew to Italy to complete a medical exam and to finalize the terms of his loan deal. The transfer was officially confirmed by Torino on Wednesday when they also laid out the red carpet through a warm welcome statement.

“Surely, we have not hesitated when we have had the possibility to start a negotiation with MCFC. Not only his talent, but Hart also brings with him humility and enthusiasm. These are the same features that characterize our Club,” said Torino club President Cairo.

Hart referred to the deal as a turning point in his career. He is delighted to find a new opportunity to get back into competitive action after falling down the pecking order in Manchester City. The arrival of new team manager Pep Guardiola led to the signing of former Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. Due to this, Hart found himself in a supporting role instead of a steady starting position. Fans of the English goalkeeper have been openly speaking up about what they deem to be “disrespectful” treatment by Guardiola.

While Hart has graciously and quietly dealt with the situation in Manchester, he is grateful for the new opportunity. He also pointed out that Italy is a place where goalkeepers are given high regard. Legends such as Gianluigi Buffon from Juventus have achieved superstardom while playing in the Serie A.