Brad Guzan determined to fight for Aston Villa future

The American goalkeeper is rumoured to be facing a potential exit after losing his starting job towards the end of last season.

Amid rumours of a potential summer departure, Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan has told CSN Chicago that he is determined to fight for his future at the club.

Guzan, 30, had been hailed as one of the Premier League’s top keepers heading into last season after helping save Villa from relegation in back-to-back campaigns, but his third term as the club’s number one would lead to his starting credentials being questioned for the first time.

With Shay Given’s impressive FA Cup form putting his place under increasing pressure, a goal-costing blunder in the early stages of April's 3-2 defeat at Manchester City saw the US international dropped to the bench for the rest of the run-in.

 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

His run of 108 top-flight starts now over, the 30-times capped American could be about to become expendable at Villa Park, as manager Tim Sherwood looks to revamp his squad in his first transfer window in charge.

With a new shot-stopper believed to be on his wishlist, the likes of Brentford’s David Button, Burnley’s Tom Heaton [h/t Mirror] and Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic [h/t Birmingham Mail] have all been named as possible targets in recent weeks, leaving the Chicago-native in the dark over his claret and blue future.

Nevertheless, while visiting his hometown ahead of starting at next month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, Guzan stressed that, despite the recent speculation, his focus remains on reclaiming Villa’s number one spot.

“That’s part of football,” he told CSN Chicago on last season’s benching. “You have to be able to fight through the difficult times and, for me, it’s just about getting my head down, working hard and earning that number one spot back.”

In addition, Guzan also reiterated his ambition to return to MLS at some point in the future, having starred with the now-defunct Chivas USA between 2005 and 2008 before earning a move to Villa.

The 2007 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year has no plans to head back across the Atlantic in the coming seasons but, when his time in England is up, can see himself returning to the league where he first burst onto the scene.

"I've always said I want to finish my career playing in MLS," added Guzan. "From the day I left to where it is now, it's something that I want to come back to. When that day is, I don't know. But at the moment, I'm enjoying my soccer over in England."

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