Ben Foster has rubbished transfer rumours linking him with a move away from Watford this summer.
What’s been said?
In a recent interview with the Jude’s Journey YouTube channel (via Watford Observer), the 38-year-old goalkeeper played down rumours of a move to Manchester City in the upcoming transfer window, claiming that the links are nothing more than paper talk.
He said: “It’s the way that paper talk goes, you’ll always get linked with other teams and other things will come up but at the end of the day it’s all just paper talk.
“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.”
Fans must be buzzing
Considering just how important Foster has been since joining the Hornets from West Bromwich Albion in a £2.52m deal back in the summer of 2018, the shot-stopper’s suggestion that he will not be leaving Vicarage Road this summer is sure to leave Watford fans buzzing.
Despite his advancing years, over his total number of 179 appearances in all competitions for the Hornets, the England international – who ex-Watford manager Nigel Pearson dubbed an “unbelievable” goalkeeper – has conceded 236 goals and has managed to keep an impressive 49 clean sheets.
The £33,000-per-week goalkeeper was once again in fine form over his 23 Championship fixtures this season, keeping 10 clean sheets and making an average of 2.1 saves and 0.5 clearances per game, as well as saving 50% of the penalties he faced, culminating in a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.90 – ranking him as Xisco Munoz’s joint 13th-best performer in the second tier.
As such, the news that Forster does not look likely to be moving on to pastures new this summer will delight not just fans of the club but also the Watford manager, as the 38-year-old’s Premier League experience – having featured 364 times in the competition – along with his obvious talent between the sticks should boost the Hornets’ chances of retaining their top-flight status come next summer.