Saturday media watch [06.07.13]: Guzan deal in focus
Sky Sports: Aston Villa have confirmed goalkeeper Brad Guzan has signed a new four-year contract with the club. The American, 28, arrived at Villa Park in 2008 from Chivas and has recently established himself as the Villans' first-choice - earning an extension to his deal.
Bloomberg: Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan signed a four-year contract through the end of the 2016-17 season, the Premier League soccer club said on its website. Guzan, 28, replaced Shay Given as Villa's starter last season. He appeared in 36 games and was named player of the year by both his teammates and fans. "It's always nice when you're wanted by a club," the U.S. international said. "I've had some good years here at Aston Villa and to be able to commit my future just puts a smile on my face."
ESPN: Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan has signed a new four-year deal, extending his stay until the 2016-17 season. The 28-year-old USA international returned to pre-season on Friday and is looking forward to putting in some hard work to help Villa enjoy a successful campaign.
ITV Sport: Brad Guzan has agreed a new four-year deal which will extend his Villa career to the end of the 2016-17 season. The 28-year-old US international goalkeeper returned to pre-season training at the Bodymoor Heath Training Ground this morning. He joined Villa in July 2008 from Major League Soccer team Chivas USA.
Sporting Life: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan has signed a new four-year deal with Aston Villa, the club announced on Saturday. The 28-year-old United States international will now remain at Villa Park until the end of the 2016/17 season. The deal represents a further display of trust from manager Paul Lambert, who installed Guzan as his number one ahead of Shay Given before the start of last season. Lambert's decision was vindicated as Guzan went on to enjoy a stellar campaign which earned him the player of the year award.
Setanta Sports: Aston Villa have confirmed goalkeeper Brad Guzan has signed a new four-year contract with the club. The American joined Villa in 2008 from MLS team Chivas USA and last season the 28-year-old replaced Shay Given as the Villans' first-choice, prompting the club to offer and extension to his deal.
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert has given Villa a pre-season reminder of the high standards he demands, declaring: "We are only a small step on the way." Last season's stirring late recovery has cranked up the feelgood factor around the club as Lambert prepares for his second campaign. A flurry of six new signings already this summer has added to the growing sense of excitement about the Villa manager's philosophy. But Lambert has warned that securing their Premier League survival with an impressive revival was only the start of a "long journey".
Express & Star: Villa keeper Brad Guzan was today backed to be one of the best keepers in the Premier League for years to come. The 28-year-old shot-stopper was a hugely impressive figure for Paul Lambert's side last season, playing in all but two of the 38 Premier League games to win the club's Player of the Year award after being released then offered a new deal. And his mentor Brad Friedel, who kept Guzan out of the Villa team but is now at Tottenham, believes his fellow American will be one of the best in the top flight in the coming seasons.
Daily Star: Atletico Madrid are ready to abandon the chase for Christian Benteke and go for Edin Dzeko instead. Atletico were willing to bid £24m to sign Benteke from Aston Villa but see Manchester City ace Dzeko as a much cheaper alternative and are hoping to tie up a loan deal with a view to a permanent switch. The Spanish side were the main contenders for Belgium Benteke and are still trying to bring in TWO strikers after selling Falcao to Monaco for over £50m. Ironically, they are also targeting Sevilla's Alvaro Negredo, a player who has been linked with City in recent weeks.
Goal.com: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has warned his young side they must be ready for their daunting start to the season. Villa travel to Arsenal on the first day of the 2013-14 Premier League campaign and host Liverpool one week later but Lambert believes his new-look team will be ready for the challenge.
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BBC Sport: Manchester United's new manager David Moyes has started his reign by insisting unsettled striker Wayne Rooney will not be sold. On Friday, Moyes made his first public appearance since succeeding the retired Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford - and Rooney's future was at the top of the agenda.
Sky Sports: Bayern Munich have brushed off speculation linking them with a move for Chelsea's David Luiz by insisting they will not be signing another defender this summer. It was reported earlier this week that Pep Guardiola had set his sights on the Brazilian centre-back, who can also play in midfield, due to concerns over his defensive options.
BBC Sport: Striker Nicolas Anelka says he wants to end his playing career in England having signed a one-year deal with West Brom - his sixth Premier League club. The 34-year-old was available on a free transfer following a short spell with Italian champions Juventus last season.
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