Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Amos has admitted that he is going to have to move clubs, having been made surplus to requirements following the arrival of Victor Valdes.
In an interview relayed by the Manchester Evening News the 24-year-old, whose home has been Old Trafford for the duration of his professional career, spoke frankly over his thoughts on his own future, even stating that the only reason he was still at the club was because he is a fan.
Amos’ time at United has been largely supplemented by a series of loan moves to lesser clubs, with Edwin van der Sar having ruled the roost during his early days and David de Gea the natural no.1 since the Dutchman’s retirement. Whilst he's thus far been happy to sit in an immediate backup role, the arrival of Valdes earlier this season has somewhat forced his arm.
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"Being a United fan, I’ve always believed I can play for Manchester United and always aspired to be a Manchester United player," Amos said.
"You could say Victor's arrival was the final nail in the coffin. Pre-season, I was told I was number two. With the cup games, if I’d got a sniff of that, that would have made it worthwhile sticking around for.
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"As soon as Victor was brought in, I was essentially demoted to fourth really. Fourth-choice goalkeeper, you’ve got to move on.
"If I’m being totally honest because I am a United fan is why I’ve hung around a little bit more than I should have.
"But I don’t regret anything. I’ve learnt every day and pushed myself every day. I’ve given it everything I have to make it at United.
"That’s what I wanted to do. Now I have to look forward and there’s a future after United.
"There’s no secrets about that. I have to go and play football. People might say I’ve waited too long at United. They’re probably right but I’m just looking forward now and wanting to enjoy my football.
Of course Amos himself should have little difficulty finding a new club based on his performances for Bolton this season. Though the Trotters sit 16th in the Championship Amos has been one of the standout men for Neil Lennon, and if his services are in the shop window it’s likely there will be more than one side in the running for his signature.
As for United, Louis van Gaal may well have to move for another goalkeeper come the summer, with the future of De Gea yet to be put beyond all reasonable doubt. The Spain international is a reported target for Real Madrid and hasn’t put pen to paper on a new deal at Old Trafford despite increasing speculation.
De Gea departure?
As a direct result certain opinions throw their weight behind the theory that Valdes has been purchased so that United have an obvious replacement if he does leave, though there’s no dismissing the fact that Van Gaal would be keen to retain De Gea as his number one.
A shaky start to life in England led to people questioning his suitability under Sir Alex Ferguson, but the 24-year-old has developed into one of the most well-rounded stoppers in Europe.
As Real Madrid’s search for their next Galactico hots up as the summer transfer window draws closer De Gea will undoubtedly find himself the subject of more speculation, and in truth a departure to the Santiago Bernabeu cannot be altogether ruled out.
United are looking a sure bet to get Champions League football for next season but the campaign is far from over, and if they don’t secure entry into Europe’s premier competition he may well find himself pushing for a blockbuster move.
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