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West Ham keeper has black eye on success at Manchester United

PUBLISHED: 08:30 13 August 2017

Joe Hart of West Ham United

Joe Hart of West Ham United

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Hammer Hart wants to be England goalkeeper for West Ham

Joe Hart shows off his new shirt after signing for West Ham Joe Hart shows off his new shirt after signing for West Ham

New West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart showed up for his first press conference in claret and blue sporting a fetching black eye.

“My induction was to have a fight with Andy Carroll,” he laughed.

It wasn’t true, but it certainly broke the ice at what could have been a trick conference for an England number one, unwanted by parent club Manchester City.

“Yesterday I spread for the ball. I get hit in the face a lot, but this is the first tie it has actually marked me.”

Joe Hart makes his West Ham debut in the friendly against Werder Bremen Joe Hart makes his West Ham debut in the friendly against Werder Bremen

Already taking the bruises for the team, Hart insists he is glad to be back in England and in the Premier League.

“I am looking forward to it,” he said. “I enjoyed my year in a different league, but this is probably the best league in the world so I am very happy to be playing for West Ham.”

The 30-year-old has 71 England caps, two Premier League trophies, an FA Cup and two League Cups to his name. He also professed that he wanted to make a permanent move, so why is he on a season-long loan at West Ham?

“A permanent move was going to be difficult,” he admitted. “I don’t think there were any options for that.

Joe Hart in action for England Joe Hart in action for England

“I did want a permanent move so I could set my life up, but it wasn’t to be. West Ham have been fantastic towards me and I am over the moon to be part of this club.”

Hart, along with the three other new signings at the club will certainly add the experience of success, so does the keeper think that is important?

“I hope it is going to help,” he explained. “I come here with high demands on my team-mates because I demand a lot of myself.

“I am here to try and help and I am also here to learn, so if everyone has a similar mind set then we have a dangerous squad.”

West Ham certainly have a great history with their England goalkeepers with David James and Rob Green having played for the national team, while Phil Parkes appeared for England before joing the Hammers, and it was one of them who helped persuade Hart to make the move.

“’Jamo’ said to me that I would love it here when I spoke to him and I want to add to that,” said Hart. “I want to be an England goalkeeper playing for West Ham, I really do.

“I am a young guy and I just want to play football and if going out on loan allows me to do that, then that is what I am going to do.”

He didn’t want to talk about it, but it was clear that the split with Manchester City is still raw. He is looking to move on though and with the World Cup next summer, he needs to be playing and confirming his place as England number one.

“The only opinions that matter to me are that of Slaven Bilic and Gareth Southgate and the England boss thinks this is the right place for me to be.”

Hart’s arrival may well have put Adrian’s nose out of joint, but how does he think he has settled in?

“I have enjoyed it in the dressing room. I feel I have fitted in well, though you should probably ask them that!” he said.

“I feel I have been welcomed and I am looking forward to building friendships and doing well for myself.

“If we pull together we have a good work ethic, I think that anything is possible. I don’t think we are going to go into any game expecting to lose.”

Brave words going into an opener at Manchester United missing some key players, but it is clear that Hart is a winner and that must surely have a positive effect on the team.

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