Robbie Keane expects his Republic of Ireland compatriot Shay Given to be back playing in the top flight next season.
Given has endured a frustrating campaign, forced to play as back-up goalkeeper to Joe Hart at Manchester City.
The 35-year-old failed to make a Premier League appearance this term and looks set to leave Eastlands during the summer, with Celtic reported suitors.
Of Given, Keane said: "I still feel he is the best keeper in the Premier League.
"I'm biased because I have worked with Shay and he is a good friend but, not only that, he is a top-class goalkeeper.
"It has been a frustrating season for him and he has come out and said that.
"But I am sure in the summer, after getting these games behind him, he'll look forward to a break and he'll certainly get a club for next season, no doubt about that.
"Whoever does buy him would be getting a world-class goalkeeper and someone who is great to have around the dressing room as well."