Pep Guardiola has poured praise on “incredible” Manchester City outcast Joe Hart.
Hart has not featured for City in a competitive fixture since his only appearance under Guardiola in a Champions League qualifying tie in August 2016.
An underwhelming loan spell at Torino was followed by another poor temporary stay with West Ham, with Hart unable to find a permanent new home.
The 31-year-old has one year left on his contract at the Etihad Stadium, and Guardiola says the club hope to “find a solution” soon.
In the meantime, Hart has impressed in training and is set to feature on the club’s pre-season tour of the United States.
“Joe is our player. I know it’s not easy for him, ” said Guardiola.
“In his situation he’s here and we try to find a solution – and if not he’ll stay here.
“He is one of the most incredible professionals I’ve ever met. He’s training like a young guy of 18 years old.
“I know it is not easy for him what happened in the last period, but he’s with us and tomorrow he’s going to play.
“He is with us.”