Sunday media watch [07.07.13]: More Guzan deal reaction
BBC Sport: Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan has signed a new four-year contract after establishing himself as the club's first choice ahead of Shay Given. The 28-year-old United States international made 36 Premier League starts last season and was named the club's player of the year. "Brad's been exceptional for the club, really fantastic on and off the pitch," said Villa manager Paul Lambert. Guzan said he was "overjoyed" to commit his long-term future to the club.
Sunday Mirror: Paul Lambert has rewarded his Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan with a new four-year deal. The 28-year-old American international stopper has committed to the club until the end of the 2016-17 season at least. The new deal follows a great 12 months for the USA man who was made first choice ahead of previous number one Shay Given at the start of last season. He went on to impress sufficiently to win the club's player of the year award. "This is just the start now, the start of hard work. We have to build on last year and go forward and that is very much the collective mindset at the club," Guzan said on Villa's official website.
Clubcall: Aston Villa have been boosted by the news goalkeeper Brad Guzan has signed a new four-year deal at Villa Park. The 28-year-old United States international will now remain at Villa Park until the end of the 2016/17 season at least. 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.
Sunday Mercury: Brad Guzan has promised the best years of his career to Aston Villa after signing a new four-year deal. The 28-year US international has committed his future to the club until June 2017. Guzan, who will be part of the squad which jets out to Germany today for a week-long training camp, was Villa's player of the year for last season. He is hoping for a bright future at Villa Park.
Sunday Mercury: Chris Woakes is hoping his beloved Aston Villa fair better next season - to stop him getting stick in the dressing room. Last season's battle against the drop resulted in a serious ribbing for the Warwickshire and England star as the Paul Lambert's team endured a dismal Premier League campaign. His international colleagues regularly reminded him about the humiliating defeats that their teams inflicted on his boys, as did the Bears' heavy Tottenham Hotspur following. But Woakes' support will never fade. he is an avid follower of Villa - even when his cricket takes him out of the country.
Sunday Mirror: Premier League clubs are set to go to war over the country's hottest prospects. Sunday Mirror Sport can reveal Aston Villa lodged a complaint with the Premier League over the Elite Player Performance Plan compensation scheme. West Brom are also unhappy with the current structure and a gang of Premier League clubs could join forces to try and stop all the best talent being cherry-picked. Villa are upset that under EPPP rules they will get an initial payment of just over £200,000 for England Under-17 international Dan Crowley from Arsenal. Crowley is aged 15 and had not agreed a professional contract, which means Villa can only claim a set fee for the player dubbed 'the new Jack Wilshere'.
Sun on Sunday: Spurs plan to get Christian Benteke for £20million — by making a raid at the end of the transfer window. Benteke is a major target for Spurs but chairman Daniel Levy will try to get the Belgian star on the cheap. Aston Villa, who signed the striker for £7m, insist they do not want to sell and it would take an offer of more than £30m to tempt them. Levy is happy for the season to start before making his move late in August.
Clubcall: Tottenham will follow up the signing of Paulinho by stepping up their attempts to sign Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke. After wrapping up a £17million deal for the Brazilian international midfielder, boss Andre Villas-Boas will now turn his attentions to landing a new striker and Benteke is high on his wanted list. The Spurs boss has also targeted Valencia striker Soldado but has been scared off by the £25million price tag and will attempt to land Benteke from Villa instead.
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