Wojciech Szczesny believes the omission of fellow Premier League goalkeeper Joe Hart from the Manchester City squad will make him a better player, writes ESPN.
But Szczesny, who experienced from a spell out of the first-team after Lukasz Fabianski stepped in, believes Hart will also profit from the break.
“I rate Hart as one of the best, if not the best, goalkeepers in the world,” Szczesny said. “Over the last couple of years he was the most consistent. But age has this thing where you are not as consistent as an older goalkeeper.
“Forget the last couple of weeks, where it has been very difficult for him and he has been dropped. Everybody has got to go through that.
“When you’re out of the team you have time to sort things out,” the Poland stopper said. “It is very important to relax and maybe have a bit of time away from the pressure, getting the right mindset.
“It seems to be working for me, and I definitely hope that Joe will do the same. If he comes back stronger it is scary to think how good he is going to be.”
Hart made costly errors during the defeats to Cardiff, Aston Villa, Bayern Munich and Chelsea this season, leading Pellegrini to give Pantilimon a chance in the first team.
Hart, 26, signed for Manchester City in 2006, but had loan spells at Tranmere Rovers, Blackpool and Birmingham City, before rejoining the squad at the Etihad Stadium and cementing his place as first choice. Hart has represented his national side 37 times for the senior squad, and more than 20 times for the Under-21s.
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