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Saturday 06 July 2013

Guzan 'overjoyed' to extend Aston Villa stay

American goalkeeper signs four-year deal; Kevin McNaughton stays on another year at Cardiff

  • Brad Guzan was voted Aston Villa's Player of the Year last season

  • Scotland international Kevin McNaughton, left, is Cardiff City's longest-serving player

Aston Villa have announced that Brad Guzan has agreed a new four-year deal which will keep him at the Barclays Premier League club until the end of the 2016-17 season.

"It's an honour and a privilege to play for Aston Villa Football Club and to commit my future long-term; I'm overjoyed by it"
Brad Guzan

The 28-year-old goalkeeper joins Andreas Weimann and Nathan Baker in agreeing new deals at a club that has been busy in the transfer market this summer, acquiring defenders Jores Okore and Antonio Luna, midfielders Leandro Bacuna and Aleksander Tonev, striker Nicklas Helenius and goalkeeper Jed Steer.

"For me, it's an honour and a privilege to play for Aston Villa Football Club and to commit my future long-term; I'm overjoyed by it,” the United States international told the club’s official website ahead of Villa’s departure for their pre-season training camp in Germany. “To have this opportunity to commit my future, with the plans and the future being what they are going forward, it's tremendously exciting and I know that's not just for me but for everybody, including the fans.

“This is what Aston Villa Football Club is all about, we're a very connected and very committed group and we want to strive to be the best we can possibly be going forward. What we're building here as a club, what the manager is building could be very special.”

For his part manager Paul Lambert had nothing but praise for Guzan, who joined Villa in July 2008 from Major League Soccer team Chivas USA, but did not establish himself as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper  last season, when he made 36 top-flight appearances and was voted the club’s Player of the Year.

"Brad has been exceptional for the club, really fantastic on and off the pitch," said Lambert. "He's always bubbly around the place and a really solid character. He's a good guy as well which is really important. Overall, he's a credit to the club."

McNaughton signs new Cardiff deal

Cardiff City have announced that Kevin McNaughton has signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until June 2014.

"I didn't want to look back at the end of my career and think that I never gave the Premier League a crack with Cardiff City"
Kevin McNaughton

The Bluebirds’ longest-serving current squad member joined Cardiff from Aberdeen in May 2006 and has made over 250 first-team appearances during his seven-year spell.

McNaughton was unanimously voted the Supporters Club’s Player of the Season in 2011 and played a major part in City's Championship success last term making 28 appearances in the second tier.

"Kevin has been a terrific servant for this football club and I'm thrilled he's staying with us as we prepare to embark on the Premier League,” Cardiff manager Malky Mackay told the club’s website. "Good, experienced professionals like Kevin are essential for a squad's success and I know this news will please City supporters, as much as it does my staff and I, who know and appreciate what a hard working a dedicated Cardiff City player Kevin is."

McNaughton was also delighted to have extended his stay in order to experience top-flight football. “I'm delighted to have committed my future to the club and I'm buzzing for the challenge ahead,” said the 30-year-old Scotland defender. "There was a decision to be made this summer as I want to play first-team football. I know that I've a lot of hard work to do to make sure I can achieve that here, but I'm ready for it.

"I didn't want to look back at the end of my career and think that I never gave the Premier League a crack with Cardiff City."

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Key Points

  • Brad Guzan signs new four-year deal with Aston Villa
  • United States international 'overjoyed' to sign contract
  • Kevin McNaughton signs new one-year deal with Cardiff City