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Aston Villa player distances himself from Arsenal interest

Brad Guzan

The 29-year-old stopper is keen to repay Villa’s faith in him.

Brad Guzan has moved to quell rumours that he could soon swap Aston Villa for Arsenal, telling reporters he was eager to repay the Midland club’s faith in him. Last week, reports from the US suggested the 29-year-old would be willing to swap Villa Park for the Emirates, despite recently signing a four-year contract extension with the Villans earlier in the summer.

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Arsene Wenger is believed to be a long-time admirer of the US international, who has impressed between the sticks for Villa both last season and throughout the current campaign.

Arsenal are continuing to search for a new goalkeeper to provide both cover and competition to current number one Wojciech Szczesny who remains relatively inexperienced at the age of just 23.

Prior to the close of the summer transfer window, the club successfully secured the services of Emiliano Viviano on a season-long loan from Serie B side Palermo but the Italian could be jettisoned in favour of the US star.

But despite this continued interest, Guzan was this week eager to distance himself from a move, telling the Express of his desire to remain at Villa Park for the foreseeable future.

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'Aston Villa, they've stuck by me, especially the manager. He's given me a chance to play consistent football in Europe.'

Whether the potential departure of Villa boss Paul Lambert would play a factor in Guzan’s future remains to be seen, but with the Scot enjoying his time in the Midlands, it may not be too long before a bigger and better managerial offer comes in.

And while Lambert is no stranger to big projects, as his time at both Colchester and Norwich showed, he is an ambitious manager and not afraid to walk away from a club for a better offer.

Guzan may be happy for now, but the summer could bring a change of heart.

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