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Zack Steffen: “I wanted to come to Manchester City and learn from the best of the best.”

USMNT GK spoke about a new challenge, to compete for City’s #1.

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Zack Steffen relishes the competition. The U.S. goalkeeper recently told Goal how he feels about his new challenge at Manchester City, competing for the number one for Pep Guardiola.

He said-

“Getting games every week for a young goalkeeper is very important,” he said. “But I signed with City, I wanted to come to City and learn from the best of the best. Learn from Pep, learn from Xabi and learn from Eddie. And then there are all the top players here at this club.

“I wanted to come to the club - I want to get better, become better. And I believe that in doing that, you have got to play with the best.”

Steffen had a more than good loan spell at Fortuna Dusseldorf and despite injuries really showed his worth. Steffen, of course presents a real challenge to Ederson since Claudio Bravo’s departure earlier this window.

Steffen also spoke about his mentality-

“My mindset is just to come in and work really hard, learn every day, get better every day and enjoy the ride,” he said. “Because it’s short, it goes by fast and everything else will fall into line how it’s meant to, how it’s supposed to.

“My mentality is to come and work hard. Leave everything that I have out on the field every day in training, support the guys and just learn from the best.

“I’m very happy to be here and I think this year is going to be a big growth year for me, if I stay fit and healthy. If I work hard, if I do all the right things I think it could be a big step forward for me.”

Steffen,joins a growing list of new arrivals at the club. All of whom are aiming to play this season as a title run is expected here. City will need the fresh players to put a stronger challenge to last season’s runaway leaders Liverpool.

Steffen touched on that-

“We’ve gotten some new guys in, some new blood, which always helps to find some more passion,” he added.

“But from what I heard, the guys are really good guys. The camaraderie amongst the team, the group, is really close and really strong.

“So we’ve just got to learn from our mistakes last year, and just go into this year, just mentally taking it game-by-game and week-by-week and being there to support each other.”

It should be a very intriguing challenge and may the best one win. Pep’s customary rule of battling every week to start should be noted and now Ederson has real weekly competition.

We’ll see who comes out on top.