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Guzan: It's time to repay Villa for giving me my big break
Brad Guzan on the faith Villa have shown in him.
15th Feb 2013
Guzan: It's time to repay Villa for giving me my big break


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Brad Guzan is determined to repay Villa for the faith shown in him by helping the club secure its top-flight status.

Guzan left Villa Park in the summer when his contract expired but manager Paul Lambert offered him the chance to make a swift return.

Since then, the USA goalkeeper has become first choice in the Barclays Premier League.

The 28-year-old felt he still had plenty to offer the club who gave him his big breakthrough in English football.

Now Guzan, who made two crucial injury-time saves in the win over West Ham, has extra motivation to help Villa climb the table.

"This was a club that gave me an opportunity when I first came from America," he said.

"For Americans to come to England and have that chance and to have someone take a chance on you was fantastic. As we know, not too many Americans come over.

"They are starting to come over more regularly now but a few years ago there were only a handful of us and guys that came before me set the bar.

"For me to repay Aston Villa for giving me that opportunity and saying 'yes we'll take a chance on him', that is what lit that fire within me and I want to give more to the club."

Reflecting on his decision to return this summer, he added: "I was back in the US. Technically my contract had run out.

"But I had a good conversation with the manager. We were able to work everything out and I haven't looked back since.

"I still felt that I had a lot to give to whatever team I was going to go to. But deep down I felt I had more to give to Aston Villa because I had been here for four years, played in the odd cup game and some of the Europa League games.

"But at the end of the day I still felt I had much more to give to the club."

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