Speaking to Big Apple Soccer, New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch has expressed his optimism that defender Matt Miazga will not leave the club this winter, despite reported Premier League interest in his signature.
Miazga, 20, enjoyed a breakout 2015 campaign in MLS, as he not only established himself as a regular starter for his hometown Red Bulls but also proved instrumental in helping the club claim the Supporters’ Shield title as the team with the best regular season record.
The American centre-back’s impressive performances even saw him finish fourth in the voting for the league’s Defender of the Year award in November, just a week after making his senior international debut as a second-half substitute in the USA's opening World Cup qualifier against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
His meteoric rise in 2015 has since led to rumours that the 6ft 3in stopper could be heading overseas in the near future, and as testament to his Premier League potential, the likes of Chelsea, table toppers Leicester City and Stoke City have all recently been named as possible suitors [h/t FourFourTwo].
Furthermore, Goal USA reported in December that the one-time capped US international signed with an agency backed by the infamous Kia Joorabchian shortly after impressing at the Under-20 World Cup last summer and is now being shopped around England.
Armed with a Polish passport, he is said to have turned down offers on a new Red Bulls contract in the meantime, and with just one season left to run on his current deal, the club is left facing a real dilemma over whether to cash in on his signature this winter or risk losing him for nothing in 12 months’ time.
Nevertheless, speaking to Big Apple Soccer as preseason kicked off, Marsch seemed confident that his star youngster would still be a Red Bulls player when the European transfer window closes on 1 February.
“Nothing really, nothing to really report,” Marsch said when asked to give an update on Miazga’s future. “I have kind of felt that the way the conversations have gone, that there is a likelihood that he will be back.
“Whenever you have situations like that, it is the end of the transfer window where things heat up. I think we can expect some more energy behind Matt and his situation at the end of the transfer window. But for now I think the focus is for him to be here.”
Miazga originally joined the Red Bulls as a Homegrown player in May 2013 and has since made 38 MLS appearances for the club, recording one goal and two assists in the process.
The New Jersey native is currently training at the US national team’s January camp in Los Angeles but is due to return to New York following the friendlies against Iceland and Canada over the next fortnight.