U.S. keeper Guzan issues new plea to Aston Villa
U.S. international goalkeeper Brad Guzan has spoken of Aston Villa's "fabulous" boss Martin O'Neill in a bid to resurrect a possible move to Villa Park.
Guzan did himself no harm by turning out for the U.S. at Wembley Stadium against England on Wednesday, despite ending up on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline.
The Chivas USA shot-stopper was close to a move to Aston Villa in January after impressing during a trial stint, but the British Home Office killed his move to the West Midlands by refusing to grant a work permit.
Villans boss Martin O'Neill is unsure where he stands with Scott Carson, who is back at Liverpool after a successful loan spell at Villa Park last term. The boss has, though, recently confirmed that he'll be signing a couple of keepers this summer.
Now, Guzan is doing his best to remind O'Neill of his presence and hopes that the deal isn't dead.
"Hopefully there will be more interest from Aston Villa in the summer," the 23-year-old Guzan said. "Right now I couldn't tell you the specifics because my focus is with the national team.
"My agent has been handling all the discussions and nothing can really happen until the window opens anyway. I am letting him deal with that and, if something comes about, then great.
"I would love to sign for Villa. When I was there a few months back, it was an absolutely brilliant time -- great people, great facilities and I couldn't say one bad thing about the place.
"When the window opens, we will see what happens. Hopefully there is some interest and we will go from there. It looks like exciting times at Villa.
"When I met Martin O'Neill at the end of January he was a fabulous guy, a great person. As a person it makes me feel good to have that interest from such a well-respected manager.
"It is about the whole way he carries himself as a manager. To have a guy like Martin O'Neill saying good things about you, it makes you feel good as a player.
"Like I said, with regards to Martin O'Neill in the summer, I hope that something happens but we will cross that bridge when the time comes. Hopefully it all goes well. Hopefully I will be able to sign."