Pep Guardiola’s decision to axe Joe Hart has certainly raised a fair few eyebrows in England.
The 29-year-old has almost become Mr. Manchester City over the past five or six years and, even though he’s made the odd mistake during that time, is still considered to be one of the best goalkeepers in the country.
Nevertheless, it’s now patently clear that Guardiola simply doesn’t fancy the self-assured shot-stopper. Claudio Bravo is reportedly on his way to the Etihad Stadium from Barcelona, while Willy Caballero has started in both of Pep’s two competitive matches in charge of the Citizens.
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But what do other top-class ‘keepers think of Guardiola’s decision to ostracise Hart?
Well, one of the world’s best, Gianluigi Buffon, has offered his opinion during an exclusive interview with Goal.
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Buffon backs Hart to recover from this set back
Buffon is a big fan of Hart, who has been linked with loan moves to Everton and Sevilla today, and believes this experience will ultimately make the Englishman stronger.
"[Hart] has been in this position before, he was dropped two or three seasons back, and then when he returned he played some of the best football of his career," the 38-year-old Italian commented.
"The ability is there, we know he has that, but just as importantly he has character - and that is one of the most important qualities you can have as a goalkeeper."
Buffon: Hart will shine wherever he plays
Buffon believes that Hart is one of the world’s best ‘keepers and rates him as the third-best on the planet behind David de Gea and Manuel Neuer.
The Juventus star also believes he’ll continue to produce big performances, be it at City or another top club.
"He has consistently over the last 5 or 6 seasons shown he is among the best goalkeepers in the world," Buffon added.
"De Gea and Neuer are the two outstanding goalkeepers right now, after that there is not anybody who is on an obvious higher level than Hart.
"He has many years of being a great goalkeeper ahead of him - no matter if they are at Manchester City or anywhere else."
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