American international snubs Arsenal interest.
Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan has played down talk linking him with a move to Arsenal by insisting that he is more than happy to stay where he is, Sky Sports reports.
Reports recently have suggested that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is plotting a surprise move for the American international after being impressed with his performances with the Villa Park outfit.
The 29-year-old has established himself as a key player in Paul Lambert’s side after he initially found himself released by the club in the summer of 2012.
Lambert managed to convince Guzan to return to the club after his contract expired in 2011 and began to start him in place of veteran Irish ‘keeper Shay Given.
And Guzan, who put pen-to-paper on a new four-year deal in the West Midlands over the summer, has said that though he is flattered to be linked with other clubs, he intends to stay put and repay the faith shown in him by Lambert and the club’s fans.
“Aston Villa, they’ve stuck by me, especially the manager, [Paul Lambert],” said Guzan, who was speaking to ESPN.
“He’s given me a chance to play consistent football in Europe. It’s always nice when you’re linked with other teams, but for me, I’m very happy at Aston Villa.”
Villa navigated themselves away from the relegation zone last term and have continued their impressive close season form into the new campaign by beating both Arsenal and Manchester City, and Guzan believes that there is more to come from his young Lions.
“It’s a club that I think is definitely on the rise, and it’s something I want to be a part of,” added Guzan.