Manchester City keeper Zack Steffen admits he thought his agent was JOKING when the club approached to sign him from Columbus Crew in 2019 as the American reflects on ‘surreal’ experience of Premier League switch
- US goalkeeper Zack Steffen admits he was shocked when Man City signed him
- Steffen was playing for Columbus Crew when he was approached back in 2019
- He thought his agent was joking when told of the Premier League side’s interest
- Steffen said arriving at City’s training ground complex was a ‘surreal’ experience
Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen admits he was left in shock after hearing the club wanted to sign him back in 2019 – claiming he thought he agent was playing a joke on him.
Steffen was turning out for MLS side Columbus Crew when the Premier League outfit came calling looking for an understudy to Brazilian star Ederson, and admitted the feeling of coming to terms with his move was ‘very surreal’ as he began to brush shoulders with the club’s top stars.
‘It’s definitely surreal,’ he told Soccer Bible. ‘There have been some times where I’ve had to pinch myself and be like, ‘wow, this is actually reality’.
Man City Zack Steffen admits he thought the club’s interest in him was a ‘joke’ in 2019
He was playing for MLS side Columbus Crew with the Premier League approached to sign him
‘But when I first heard that Man City were interested in me, yeah, that was surreal and I thought my agent was joking!
‘When I got over here and signed and checked everything out, that was insane.
‘When I got here for pre-season, got in the Man City locker room and met everyone and saw what their daily routines are and their habits – very surreal.’
Steffen remains second choice for City, but has been given game time in cup competitions – backed by Guardiola in the Carabao Cup, which he helped the club win after keeping a clean sheet in the final against Tottenham.
He said the joining the Premier League outfit to compete with Ederson was ‘very surreal’
The 26-year-old, who has bagged 21 caps for the United States and is their No.1 keeper, has spoken of the ‘intense’ training sessions his manager conducts in training but hailed him as a ‘perfectionist’ after watching him up close.
‘Yeah, I mean I was nervous,’ he said when asked about meeting the Spaniard for the first time.
‘At first it was kind of intense, just because of the stage and the pedestal that we put him on, but he’s a good guy, very passionate about his players and very, very passionate about the sport.
He said working under Pep Guardiola was ‘intense’ but hailed the Spaniard as a ‘perfectionist’
‘He’s a relentless winner. A perfectionist. Always thinking about tactics, about how we can break teams down. He hates when other teams have the ball.’
Steffen has played a total of 12 games for City this season – with one of those coming in the Premier League, five in the FA Cup, five in the League Cup and one in the Champions League.
He spent last season out on loan at Fortuna Dusselforf, where he made 18 outings in the Bundesliga.