Still, the English goalkeeper remains somewhat optimistic about his potential for moving forward.

Hart with pleasure would replace Thibaut Courtois at Real Madrid

The former Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart is a free agent for the first time in his 17-year playing career since the expiration of the contract at Burnley on June 30. Still, the English goalkeeper remains somewhat optimistic about his potential for moving forward. The former Manchester City goalkeeper even joked that he would happily come and replace Thibaut Courtois at Real Madrid. “The fact that I had to sit on the bench in the Premier League for 18 months will not determine and crush me,” Hart told reporters. “Also, I remember who I am. I remember playing for my local Sunday league team and getting into the first Shrewsbury Town team. I found out early – you need to keep things in perspective. You can have beautiful things said about you in football, but you must be strong in self-criticism, analyze what you are doing and be comfortable with it.

“Maybe people think it’s time for panic from the outside, but from the inside, it’s time to look ahead and see all the possibilities. I’m young when it comes to the mental age of a guy who wants to go into the goal and have people who score balls at him. I have no illusions that Real will knock down my door, pull Courtois out, and bring me. I need someone to believe in me, and I will pay back for that belief.”