Joe Hart's 'levels have dropped' due to transfer rumours - Torino president
Torino president Urbano Cairo has criticised goalkeeper Joe Hart for the goal he conceded in his side's 1-1 draw against Crotone on Saturday, and said the rumours about his future are starting to distract him.
Torino are keen to keep hold of the England No. 1 for another season, but he is due to return to Manchester City in the summer and only a loan move back to Turin would be taken into consideration by the Serie A side.
Cairo would like to see the issue resolved soon, however, saying that Hart has started to make too many mistakes, possibly due to uncertainty about his future.
"There's too much being said about Hart," Tuttosport reports Cairo as saying. "Since this has been happening, his performance levels have dropped. This is already the third time we concede a goal this way and that's a bit too much.
"It happens and I like him, but come on ... He's a great goalkeeper, though, and let's see how things evolve."
Hart, who has now conceded almost 50 goals in 30 Serie A games this season, was at fault for Crotone's equaliser as he vacated his goal but failed to reach a long cross to the far post, granting Simy a tap-in from close range.
"We can't be happy with the result, but we did look good at times," Cairo added. "This is a Torino side who entertain, even if we still have to work a lot on our defensive duties. We're conceding too many goals, although we are scoring a lot at the same time."
Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.