Brad Guzan admits uncertainty over Aston Villa future

The American goalkeeper believes his club status will become clearer once he returns from the Gold Cup.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan has admitted to Goal USA that he is still unclear about his club future, despite Shay Given’s recent departure for Premier League rivals Stoke City.

Guzan, 30, saw his run of 108 straight top-flight starts come to an end last season after an early blunder during April’s narrow 3-2 defeat at Manchester City, as Given took his place in the line-up for the rest of the run-in and the FA Cup final.

The US international has since faced questions over his long-term future in the Midlands as manager Tim Sherwood revamps the squad in his first transfer window in charge, with a new number one reported to have been on his summer wishlist [h/t Telegraph].

Given’s Stoke switch has led to suggestions that the Chicago-native is set to be handed a second chance between the posts, however, with the Birmingham Mail reporting that Sherwood has now abandoned the hunt for a potential replacement after bringing in prospective backup Mark Bunn last week.

Nevertheless, Guzan has not been focusing on club maters while he is competing across the Atlantic at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, stressing that he will sit down for talks with his manager once he returns to England at the end of his national team’s campaign.

"I spoke to Shay today," Guzan told Goal USA. "We were exchanging some texts back and forth so I wish him well. Obviously we had a really good relationship. What [Given's departure] means for me, I don't know. I'll worry about that when I get to England. My focus is obviously on the Gold Cup and after that finishes it's all about looking forward and trying to get into the team and play week in and week out. That's all I want to do.

"They're obviously in preseason in Portugal and I'm at the Gold Cup and my focus right now is winning the Gold Cup," he added. "When I get back, whether we chat or don't chat, in terms of a full-on sitdown [with Sherwood], I think once you're back training with the team you start to understand what's going on and you probably have a better idea of where you stand."

 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

In the meantime, Guzan has been in stellar form during the Gold Cup, earning rave reviews through the USA’s first three games after helping his side seal a place in the quarter-finals as Group A winners.

Starting in place of Tim Howard, who is not due to return from his self-imposed international break until September, his performances could even land him the team’s number one job for the foreseeable future, having spent almost a decade as his Everton counterpart’s backup.

Having been showcasing the form which earned him Villa’s 2012-13 Player of the Year award in recent weeks, those who questioned his Premier League starting credentials last season could well be made to eat their words over the course of the 2015-16 campaign.

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