“We’re more than happy [with Steffen],” he said. “I trust a lot in Xabi, our goalkeeper trainer. He spoke about Zack two or three seasons ago, said that this guy will be top, and we said, ‘Okay, if you believe it.’ He went to Germany last season, came here, and from day one adapted well. He’s beloved in the locker room. I’m ‘incredibly delighted. We cannot deny.”
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Xabi, by the way, is Xabier Mancisidor. He was with Manuel Pellegrini at Real Madrid and Malaga before following the Chilean to Man City, where he stayed on staff for new boss Pep Guardiola.
Steffen has 19 USMNT caps and is widely viewed as the No. 1 keeper in Gregg Berhalter’s pool, a status buttressed by their time spent together in Columbus.
He’s only two years younger than Ederson, so who knows how long Steffen will be content to be the cup goalkeeper at City? But Guardiola is happy that Steffen is in the fold for the Premier League leaders.
“He’s played incredibly at Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford away,” Guardiola said. “His response was magnificent. Hopefully he’s happy here. What we want is that he’s happy, enjoying, growing... He’s a young, young keeper, and we’re happy to have him.”