Report: Guzan targeted by Middlesbrough

After eight seasons at Aston Villa, Brad Guzan, the USA's No. 1 keeper, could be switching clubs. The Daily Telegraph reported that Villa, which was relegated to the English League Championship, wants to grant Guzan free agency, allowing it to get his salary off its books and him to join promoted Middlesbrough.

The 31-year-old Guzan played just eight EPL games in his first four seasons at Villa before winning the starting job in 2013-14. But at the end of the 2015-16 and with Villa mired in the basement, he lost his starting job to Englishman Mark Bunn.

Guzan has one year left on his contract at Villa. A return to MLS has been mentioned but he said in May when he returned to join the USA for the Copa Centenario that he wanted to remain in the Premier League.

"In my eyes," he said, "it’s the best league in the world. In saying that, I’m still contracted to Aston Villa. I still have a year left. So essentially, it’s somewhat out of my hands.”

Guzan came in heavy criticism from Aston Villa fans in 2015-16, but he said he believed his body of work after eight seasons in England spoke for itself.

"I've been over in England long enough now," he said, "to understand you have to have thick skin and, as a goalkeeper, a short memory. So I've had good seasons over there, I've made saves. I think I've proven myself in terms of playing at the highest level."

Italian Roberto Di Matteo has been hired as Aston Villa manager and brought in countryman
Pierluigi Gollini from Hellas Verona. With Bunn and Jed Steer as back, Guzan's future at Villa was made uncertain.

Middlesbrough signed Spaniard Victor Valdes with whom Guzan would compete for the starting job in goal.
2 comments about "Report: Guzan targeted by Middlesbrough".
  1. Nalin Carney, July 20, 2016 at 10:35 a.m.

    Good Luck Brad. I wish you all the best !

  2. R2 Dad, July 20, 2016 at 10:35 p.m.

    Because of VV, Hull or Burnley might seem to be in more need of his services than Boro.

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