Stoke City’s Jack Butland praises West Ham’s Joe Hart

Joe Hart and John Stones share a joke during a England training session ahead of their World Cup Qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia at St Georges Park on August 29, 2017 in Burton-upon-...

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland admires Manchester City-owned West Ham United custodian Joe Hart.

Jack Butland of Stoke City punches the ball out during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Arsenal at Bet365 Stadium on August 19, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England.

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has expressed his admiration of West Ham United summer signing Joe Hart to The Daily Star.

Hart joined West Ham from Premier League rivals Manchester City in the summer transfer window.

The England international goalkeeper spent the 2016-17 campaign on loan at Italian club Torino.

The 30-year-old does not seem to be in City manager Pep Guardiola’s side plans.

Butland, who has been on the books of Stoke since January 2013 when he joined from Birmingham City for a transfer fee reported by The Daily Mail to be worth £4 million, has spoken highly of Hart.

Goalkeeper Joe Hart makes a save during the England training session at the Chemin De Ronde Stadium on June 12, 2017 in Croissy-sur-Seine, France.

“He had a tough time at the beginning of last season at Manchester City when he wasn’t part of their plans,” Butland told The Daily Star about Hart.

“The type of character he is, he went to Italy to play football and take himself away from everything. I hope to one day be in his position and I wouldn’t want be on the receiving end of that.

“We get on really well. We both have the same steely determination, nothing fazes him and he just gets on with it. He doesn’t care what people say about him. I’ve learnt that from him from a very young age.”

Mark Noble of West Ham United looks on during a Pre Season Friendly between Manchester City and West Ham United at the Laugardalsvollur stadium on August 4, 2017 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Meanwhile, former Queens Park Rangers and Manchester City winger Trevor Sinclair has told BBC Sport that West Ham midfielder Mark Noble still has plenty left in him.

The 30-year-old central midfielder is a good player, but the Englishman has not been at his best so far this season.

West Ham have struggled in the opening weeks of the 2017-18 Premier League campaign and so has Noble.

Former West Ham winger Sinclair has defended Noble, and has told BBC Sport: "I've heard people say he is finished, but they have got short memories. I know Mark personally - I know him well - and there is still plenty of football left in him.”

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