Brad Guzan in the dark over his Aston Villa future

Brad Guzan

The 30-year-old American goalkeeper lost his starting job to Shay Given for the final month of the past season.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan has told MLSSoccer.com that he is in the dark over manager Tim Sherwood’s plans for him at the club.

Guzan, 30, was hailed as one of the Premier League’s leading keepers during his first two seasons as Villa’s first-choice after helping save the club from relegation with his shot-stopping heroics, but this past term led to a stark downturn in fortunes.

With Shay Given’s impressive FA Cup form putting his place under increasing pressure, an early goal-costing blunder in April’s narrow 3-2 defeat at Manchester City saw his run of 108 straight top-flight starts come to a sudden halt, as Sherwood opted to go with the veteran Irishman for the rest of the run-in.

Reports now claim that the Villa boss is on the hunt for a new keeper ahead of his first transfer window in charge, with Brentford’s David Button, FC Cologne’s Tim Horn and Molde’s Orjan Nyland all named as prime targets, and that the US international is set to be made expendable [h/t Telegraph].

Guzan himself has stressed that he is unaware of his manager’s goalkeeping plans for next season at this point but expects to hold discussions regarding his future soon enough.

"First and foremost, we wanted to survive and we did that," he said on Villa’s season. "Then, we got to the FA cup final and it wasn't the result we wanted. That was just a few days ago, but I'm sure there will be some discussions going forward."

While his Villa career appears to be hanging in the balance, Guzan’s future with the US national team looks somewhat brighter, having been confirmed as Jurgen Klinsmann’s starter for the summer’s Gold Cup.

With Everton’s Tim Howard not set to return from his self-imposed international sabbatical until September, an impressive run of games could see the former MLS star seal the number one job for the long-term.

Speaking ahead of the team’s upcoming friendlies against the Netherlands and Germany, Guzan said: "There's always competition for places but, for us, [from this week's games through the end of Gold Cup] is a long time, so we'll take it one game at a time.

"We want to be as hard possible to play against, and to beat. It starts here in training. You hope to get better and get on the same page."

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