“A massive character” – Micah Richards praises Tottenham signing

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Dom Le Roy

Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards has claimed that Joe Hart will not have joined Tottenham Hotspur to become the club’s third choice goalkeeper.

Hart made the switch to North London last month when he became a free agent after his contract at Burnley expired on June 30th (Hackney Gazette).

The 33-year-old who was previously England’s number one goalkeeper won the last of his 75 caps in November 2017 and struggled for game time at the Clarets last season after finding himself behind Nick Pope and Tom Heaton.

Richards, who played alongside Hart during their time together at the Etihad believes that the shot stopper knows that he will be acting as Hugo Lloris’ understudy in N17 and praised his professionalism and leadership qualities.

Hart’s arrival could raise doubts over the future of Paulo Gazzaniga who was the club’s second choice last season and experienced significant game time following Lloris’ dislocated elbow injury in October.

Gazzaniga has recently been linked with a move to Premier League newcomers Fulham (Telegraph).

He told The Evening Standard: “He won’t be going as a No3. He knows he’s going to be No2, that’s the reason he has gone there. He has been billed as arrogant or not concentrating on football with the whole ‘Head & Shoulders’ but I can assure you from being with him since he was 19 at City, he is one of the most humble, hard-working people I’ve ever played with.

“Joe Hart, whether playing or in the dressing room, is a massive character.”

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