Aymeric Laporte expects Man City fans to give Joe Hart a warm welcome on Saturday

Joe Hart will return to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon when Manchester City host Burnley and it will be the first time he has ever played against the club he spent over a decade with.

The crowd favourite ended his stay at City in the summer after two loan spells away, joining Sean Dyche’s Burnley on a permanent deal. And that means he is eligible to line up against his former side having not been while on loan at West Ham.

One City player who has spoken highly of Hart is Aymeric Laporte, who only trained with the 31-year-old during the summer but was impressed by his attitude.

Laporte told the official site: “He’s a very good goalkeeper and a very good person, too. He was well liked by all the players and I think the supporters of Manchester City love him because of his achievements over the years.

“He trained really well and was very professional during the summer, so it will be nice to see him again and I am sure he will get a fantastic reception when he walks out on Saturday.”

As much as they respect him, City fans will be hoping Hart isn’t at his best on Saturday as City look to preserve their lead at the top which sees them ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool only on goal difference.

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