Loris Karius reacts to reported Aston Villa interest

Aston Villa are said to be hoping to sign Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius.

Karius is considered one of the best goalkeepers in the Bundesliga, and he has spoken to Bild to react to rumours suggesting Aston Villa want to sign him in January.

When asked about Aston Villa's interest, the 22-year-old stopper said: “England would be a dream. But right now, I've got my familiar environment, my place and I can work in peace [at Mainz].”

Karius was linked with Villa by the Telegraph back in October, with Tim Sherwood hoping to sign a January replacement for Brad Guzan. The American stopper has struggled to find form this term, and bringing in a new goalkeeper looked like a wise move.

However, Sherwood lost his job, and Guzan looked slightly improved in Remi Garde’s managerial debut, keeping a rather fortuitous clean sheet in the 0-0 draw with Manchester City.

Since Garde’s appointment there have been no indications that Villa are still scouting Karius, but they would be foolish not to considering how well he performs in the Bundesliga.

Since moving to Mainz from Manchester City’s youth academy in 2012, the 22-year-old has established him as a solid top flight goalkeeper. Last season he conceded 49 goals in 36 games, keeping 12 clean sheets, and he capped his year by making his Under-21 debut for Germany in 2014.

This term has seen Karius concede 21 goals in 14 games, as Mainz sit perfectly mid table in the league.

Karius has admitted that he would love a return to England, having never managed to break into City’s first-team, and has dreamt about becoming a Premier League player.

However, he has also stated that he is happy with his current role, and sounds very settled in his homeland right now.

Karius would be a great signing for Villa, but he will likely take some convincing to bring back to the Premier League.

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