Micah Richards insists Joe Hart is an ideal match for Tottenham.
Final month, the previous England goalkeeper signed a two-year take care of Spurs, becoming a member of on a free switch after leaving Burnley.
Richards, who performed with Hart when Man Metropolis gained a primary ever Premier League title within the 2011/12 season, praised his former teammate’s management.
And the 32-year-old recalled a second when Hart stood as much as ex-Metropolis boss Roberto Mancini within the dressing room as an ideal instance of his mentality.
He informed The Instances: “We have been taking part in within the Champions League below Mancini and Vincent Kompany was like his love little one – within the supervisor’s eyes he may do no mistaken.
“He went to go the ball and missed, the striker has come from me and scored. Mancini got here into the dressing room and had a go at me.
“Joe simply stood as much as Mancini and stated, ‘you realize full nicely that wasn’t Micah’s fault. Cease attempting to select the straightforward goal and go for the precise particular person accountable for the purpose’.
“He stated what he believed in and that’s the reason I’ve obtained much more respect for Joe Hart. He doesn’t leap on the bandwagon, he says what he sees.”
Hart has endured disappointing spells with Torino, West Ham and Burnley since being exiled by Pep Guardiola at Man Metropolis in 2016.
He arrives at Tottenham with Hugo Lloris because the established No.1 and Paulo Gazzaniga pushing him for a beginning place.
However Richards expects Hart to bypass Gazzaniga and begin the 2020/21 marketing campaign because the membership’s second-choice goalkeeper.
He added: “For Spurs, that’s precisely what they want. Each time they get to an enormous sport, they freeze just a little bit.
“They’ve the standard, however it’s simply the characters to get them over the road. Joe Hart, whether or not taking part in or within the dressing room, is an enormous character to have.
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“He gained’t be going as No.3. He is aware of he’s going to be No.2, that’s the reason he has gone there.
“He has picked up just a few accidents in the previous couple of years. He’ll in all probability play within the cup video games and see how that goes. There can be video games for him this season.
“Joe Hart is an inspirational character. From sharing dressing rooms with him, I couldn’t communicate any increased.
“He has been known as conceited for not concentrating on soccer with the entire Head & Shoulders [adverts], however I can guarantee you from being with him since he was 19 at Manchester Metropolis, he is without doubt one of the most humble, hard-working folks I’ve ever performed with.”