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Man City keeper joins Middlesbrough in search of game time

Zack Steffen at Manchester City
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The Citizens have loaned out Zack Steffen ahead of the upcoming World Cup tournament. 

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Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen has completed a loan move to Middlesbrough, joining the Championship side on a season-long deal.

Since arriving at Etihad in 2019, the USMNT keeper has made 21 appearances for City, keeping eight clean sheets.

The former Columbus Crew star has been unable to beat Ederson in securing a place in City’s lineup. However, his performances were enough to attract interest from one of the top Championship sides.

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Steffen will most likely join the Boro as their number one keeper, getting more game time ahead of the upcoming World Cup games.

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The 27-year-old faces competition from Arsenal‘s Matt Turner, who hopes to secure a place in the USMNT lineup ahead of Steffen.

“It’s a big coup for us, so I’m delighted we’ve brought Zack in,” Boro manager Chris Wilder said. 

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“Everyone knows his situation, he needed to play because of the World Cup.

“He had an agreement with Man City, but he could have easily stayed there and sat comfortably as their number two. He wanted to go out and he’s agreed to come here.”

Steffen has made 29 appearances for USMNT, establishing himself as their number one keeper. However, ‘family reasons’ prevented him from travelling with the team for their five friendly matches back in June.

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The new Boro keeper can make his Championship debut against West Bromwich on July 30.