Despite exit rumours, Brad Guzan expecting Aston Villa stay

The American goalkeeper is reported to be facing an uncertain future at the club after being dropped during last season's run-in.

Amid rumours of a potential summer departure, Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan has told ESPN Soccer Today that he expects to be back at the club next season to compete for his old number one spot.

Guzan, 30, entered last term as Villa’s undisputed first choice following two stellar seasons between the posts, but he ended the campaign on the bench after a horrific blunder in the early stages of April’s 3-2 defeat at Manchester City saw him dropped for Shay Given.

With his run of 108 Premier League starts over, the US international is now reported to be facing an uncertain future at the club, as manager Tim Sherwood continues to revamp his squad in his first transfer window in charge [h/t Mirror].

A new shot-stopper is believed to be on his wishlist, with the likes of Stoke's Asmir Begovic [h/t Sky Sports] and Brentford’s David Button [h/t Telegraph] named as recent targets, suggesting that Guzan might soon be heading for the Villa Park exit door.

However, ahead of starting for the US national team at the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup, the former Chivas USA keeper has stressed that he has been given no indication that Sherwood plans to ship him out and intends to return to battle for a place in the line-up.

“I’m obviously looking forward to getting back and, from my understanding, it will be with Villa,” he told ESPN Soccer Today. “I will be going back and competing to hopefully earn back the number one spot, and that’s all you want.

“You just want that opportunity to compete and be selected on merit. You want to be able to help the team, and that’s what I want to do. I want to be playing and be the guy to count on week in, week out.”

 Premier League SeasonGoals ConcededGoals Conceded MINSErrors Lead To GoalClean SheetsSaves GAMETotal Crosses Claimed GAMECross Claim SuccessGoal Kick AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Brad Guzan 2014-2015 48 63.75 4 9 2.97 2.12 96% 52% 34 3,060
Brad Guzan 2013-2014 61 56.07 1 9 2.92 2.71 95% 48% 38 3,420
Brad Guzan 2012-2013 65 49.85 2 5 3.17 2.72 99% 54% 36 3,240
Brad Guzan 2011-2012 8 74 0 1 2.86 0.71 100% 44% 7 592

Before returning to England, though, Guzan has a few important weeks ahead with the USA, as Jurgen Klinsmann’s men look to both defend their 2013 Gold Cup title and seal a place at the 2017 Confederations Cup in the process.

With Everton’s Tim Howard not due to return from his self-imposed international sabbatical until September, his long-time backup will be Klinsmann’s first choice for the tournament and a solid run of form could help him land the job for the foreseeable future.

In addition, the Villa man is hoping to use the coming games to prove that last season’s dip in form was a mere blip and that he should still be one of the first names on Sherwood’s teamsheet.

“You want to be playing games – you don’t get to this level just to settle for the bench,” he added. “Obviously, for goalkeepers it’s a bit more difficult but this summer’s an important one for me.

“It’s never the way you want the season to go, when you’re not in the team and on the bench for a cup final.

“I want to prove I can be counted on and play consecutive games. Hopefully the Gold Cup will be an exciting tournament and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Despite a downturn in fortunes last season, Guzan's form over previous campaigns suggests that there is little reason to write him off as a Premier League starter at this point.

However, should Sherwood tell him to find a new club in the near future, then there could well be a few top-flight rivals cuing up for his signature.

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