By Football Insider speaking to Kevin Campbell

21st Aug, 2020 | 8:30pm

'He's taken a lot of **** in his life' - Exclusive: Bruce reacts to latest Tottenham signing

Alex Bruce believes that Joe Hart will be happy sitting on the bench and picking up his wages at Tottenham after a tough couple of years at Burnley.

The former Premier League defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, suggests that the 33-year-old may have been looking for an “easier life” after his spell at Turf Moor.

Spurs confirmed on Tuesday that the 75-cap England international had put pen to paper on a two-year deal after he left Burnley at the end of his contract this summer.

The former Manchester City shot-stopper played just 24 times during his two-year spell with the Clarets and he did not feature at all in the league last season.

Bruce believes that Hart has had a tough time of things since leaving City and believes he will be happy offering a backup option at Spurs.

Asked if Hart was wasting his talent sitting on the bench, Bruce told Football Insider: “Maybe but Joe might look at it now and think he’s getting to the age of 33, 34, he’s taken a lot of **** in his life over the last couple of years as well.

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“He probably just thinks he’s going to pick up his wages at Tottenham, play when he’s needed, it’s an easier life, he might have that mindset now, Joe, after everything he’s gone through over the last few years.

“If he plays in the cup, Europa League, whatever competitions he’s picked to play in, I’m sure he’ll do well and I’m sure he’ll give that little bit of added competition and backup to Lloris and you never know what’ll happen.” 

Hart has 340 Premier League appearances under his belt and has won two top-flight titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup.

He joins Paulo Gazzaniga as potential backup for first-choice keeper Hugo Lloris at Spurs.

In other Tottenham news, Jose Mourinho has personally contacted a proven Premier League striker over a potential move.