Joe Hart 29, who is on loan at Torino from Manchester City said Patrick Vieira convinced him to move to Turin. Vieira played with Juventus and has a better understanding of Turin.

“I’m honest, it all happened very quickly and I did not have too many options, the Englishman told La Stampa. “But I am very grateful to Toro because it gave me a solid opportunity.”

“I grew up watching Italian football on TV, I had been to Turin before and it always seemed intriguing. I talked to people that I trust, like [Patrick] Vieira who knows the place. “Vieira said ‘Go, you’ll be fine there.’ He understood my situation, and knew that I needed to play for a serious team.”

And what about the well-documented difficulties with new Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola?

“Some feelings are not suited to professional issues. But the fact that I am here means that there were no possible solutions. “And I want to enjoy this season at Toro. I’m not thinking about the future.”