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Joe Hart has admitted that he is under no illusions with regards to his playing time at Tottenham Hotspur this season.

Spurs snapped up the veteran England international on a free transfer after Burnley cut him loose at the end of last season.

Tottenham needed a third goalkeeper in the squad after Michel Vorm was released and the former Manchester City star has since moved above Paulo Gazzaniga as Jose Mourinho’s number two.

The 33-year-old didn’t make a single Premier League appearance for the Clarets last term, being an unused substitute on 29 occasions.

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And Hart has told BBC Sport that he didn’t join Tottenham with any delusions of grandeur with regards to displacing World Cup winner Hugo Lloris.

He said: “I am not stupid. That opportunity was not going to come in a given number one slot. After working out what Jose wanted from his squad and what he thought I could bring to it, it matched what I thought.

“I haven’t come to shake it up. I have come to make Tottenham better.”

It’s quite a surprising admission by Hart.

Yes, it’s obvious that Lloris is miles ahead of the former City stopper in Mourinho’s plans, but by the same token it’s odd seeing him admit as much.

The France international hasn’t exactly been Mr Reliable in recent years – though he looks a lot more steady under Mourinho than he did under Mauricio Pochettino – and the truth is that Hart is never far away from being a real challenger, such is the life of being a goalkeeper.

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