Ben Foster has admitted his astonishment that he has been linked with a move to Premier League champions Manchester City.
The 38-year-old stopper was last month said to be targeted by Pep Guardiola’s side for next season as a back-up goalkeeping option, per The Sun, with doubts over the future of City’s current number two Zack Steffen.
City will probably not retain third-choice keeper Scott Carson either – he has been at the Etihad Stadium for the last two seasons on loan and made his first appearance against Newcastle United earlier this month.
They will quite clearly need more goalkeeping cover ahead of the 2021/22 campaign and a Brit will be sought after due to the Premier League squad requirements on homegrown players.
And that is where Foster’s name has entered the mix – having played all 38 games in each of the past two seasons, the former Manchester United man lost his place in the Hornets line-up this past campaign to Daniel Bachmann after suffering an injury, so he may be sitting on the bench at Vicarage Road next season anyway.
As of right now though it looks like there’s nothing in the transfer rumours as they’ve baffled Foster himself.
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“It’s the way that paper talk goes, you’ll always get linked with other teams and other other things will come up but at the end of the day it’s all just paper talk,” Foster said on the Jude’s Journey YouTube channel.
“I’ve never heard a single thing about this and that’s what these media outlets need to do. They need to fill some column inches so they put two and two together and most of the time come up with six or seven.”
If there’s something in it then Foster is keeping his cards extremely close to his chest, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see City go for someone like him this summer.
Foster is under contract for another year at Watford but he’s clearly still capable of playing at a good level in the Championship, despite losing his place to Austrian stopper Bachmann.
It may all come down to what Foster wants to spend the next year doing – fighting for a starting spot at Watford which doesn’t look like it will be guaranteed now, or having a season at the Premier League champions where he may never get a game but he will be with some of the world’s best players.
If it isn’t Foster then it’ll be another experienced English goalkeeper who gets a chance to be in City’s squad next season – it remains to be seen as to what lucky player gets that opportunity.