Manchester City goalkeeper Zach Steffen has put pen to paper on a new deal that will keep him at the club until 2025. This comes after impressing as backup to first choice goalie Ederson.
The USA national team No.1 has also proved capable of stepping up to the plate when called upon in Ederson’s absence. On several occasions when needed in Premier League games, he has done a good job.
His most recent league outing was a clean sheet against Burnley in October. His confidence and sharpness when called into action show just how much he has improved since joining the club.
The 26-year-old was signed from MLS side Columbus Crew, two years ago. After an initial loan spell in the German Bundesliga with Fortuna Dusseldorf, he returned to City at the start of last season. Although the bulk of his appearances for the club have come in Cup competitions, he is happy with his lot.
The Pennsylvania-born shot stopper expressed his excitement at the contract renewal, promising to keep pushing for a starting shirt in the league.
“This is a fantastic moment for me - I am so happy to be committing my future to Manchester City,” Steffen stated.
“In my opinion, this is the best team in world football, with the best manager and best coaching setup. It’s a privilege to be here and contribute to this team achieving its targets.
“I feel I learn every day and I have definitely improved as a goalkeeper since coming here. I contributed to our success last season, which was an amazing experience.
“I want to keep pushing Ederson every single day and take my chances when they arrive.
“It would be nice to be a starter and win the league. But right now, I am happy where I am at. I believe you have to take life step-by-step and I am where I want to be right now.”
At 26, it’s unlikely Steffen will take over the No.1 spot from Ederson in the near future. But it’s good to know that he is satisfied with his position. The importance of having players like him who are happy at the club (even when not playing regular league football) cannot be overemphasized.
He is preferred for the Cup games and helped the Blues to a fourth successive Carabao Cup win last term. Another clean sheet in the final against Tottenham solidified his place in the City setup.
Steffen is also an important part of a talented US men’s national team that is on the rise. He recently won the CONCACAF Nations League with the side.
A new three-and-a-half years deal gives him an opportunity to add to his medals collection at the Etihad.