Brad Guzan unsure of his future at Aston Villa

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The 31-year-old goalkeeper's form for the recently relegated club has been roundly criticised over the last two seasons.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan has admitted to MLSSoccer.com that he does not know what the future holds for him with the claret and blues following their relegation from the Premier League.

Guzan, 31, has made 171 total appearances for Villa since being signed from Chivas USA in August 2008 and won the club’s Player of the Year award in 2013 after helping them avoid the drop with some stellar performances during his first campaign as a full-time starter.

However, the US international has endured a dramatic decline in form during the last two seasons and has lost his place under three different managers in the process.

This past term saw him initially benched by former boss Remi Garde in January following a string of goal-costing blunders before he was brought back into the side the following month after his replacement Mark Bunn failed to impress.

The under-fire American’s struggles continued during the run-in, however, and he was later dropped again for the final three games of the season under caretaker boss Eric Black once the club’s relegation was confirmed.

With another year left on his deal, the former MLS star still plans on staying at Villa Park to help the team try to bounce straight back up, but with a new manager set to arrive this summer, he acknowledges that his future is somewhat unclear at this point.

New owner Tony Xia, who was announced as Randy Lerner's successor on Wednesday, has already declared his intentions to invest up to £50 million in the squad ahead of next season, and some of those funds could well be spent on a new No. 1.

“Obviously, I just saw the news regarding the sale,” Guzan told MLSSoccer.com. “I think Randy Lerner has been trying to sell for some time and now they’ve got that over the line in terms of the new owner.

“We’ll see what that brings. At some point they’ll name a new manager, so obviously that’s going to be important. But in terms of myself, I’ve got a year left [on my contract], so I don’t know what’s going to happen. As far as I know, I’m still under contract so nothing’s changed in that sense.

“As you can imagine [last season] was frustrating, it was hard. It wasn’t the season we wanted and so we have to regroup and try to push for promotion straightaway.”

In the meantime, Guzan has received some good news on the international front, having been named as the USA’s starting keeper over Tim Howard for next month’s Copa American Centenario.

Despite his recent struggles at Villa, the Chicago native impressed for the States while his compatriot took a 12-month sabbatical from international football following the 2014 World Cup, winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup’s Golden Glove award last summer for the tournament’s best goalkeeper.

Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann had been opting to rotate the pair since Howard’s return last September but has now confirmed that Guzan will be between the posts come their Copa America opener against Colombia on 3 June in Santa Clara, California.

“I feel good, I feel confident,” the Villa man added to MLSSoccer.com. “It’s been a long, frustrating year, but in saying that I’ve never wavered in my own belief and in my own confidence. I feel ready, I feel sharp.

“I’m looking forward to this summer.”

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