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Zack Steffen: USMNT goalkeeper rules out Man City return

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The Citizens loaned out Steffen to Middlesbrough last summer.

Zack Steffen is planning to stay at Middlesbrough beyond his current loan deal from Manchester City.

The American keeper moved to Man City from Columbus Crew on a €6.8m deal in 2019. However, the club immediately sent him out on loan deals to Dusseldorf, where he stayed for a year.

Upon his return, Steffen stayed behind Ederson in City‘s pecking order. The club eventually decided to send him out on a loan deal to Middlesbrough last summer.

Steffen’s contract at the Championship side will end in June. But the USMNT star is not planning to return to Etihad.

“I don’t think I’ll go back. No, I want to be playing,” Steffen told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“Although I had a great time at City and I love those guys, and obviously an amazing club, I don’t really have any plans to go back.”

Steffen was USMNT’s No.1 keeper for almost three years. However, his lack of game time at the club level convinced Gregg Berhalter to replace him with Matt Turner. 

Steffen wasn’t a part of the USA’s squad for the World Cup. However, it seems he wants to fight for his place in the national team as he gets regular playing time at Middlesbrough.

The Boro sit third on the Championship table, hoping to secure Premier League qualification for the first time in seven years.