• Adwitya Jha

Scott Carson set to extend Manchester City stay

Manchester City are underway with their summer transfer plans as they work on several incomings and outgoings. They have also now turned their attention towards extending contracts of their current players, with reserve goalkeeper, Scott Carson, set to be handed an extension to his current deal which expires this summer.

 

According to BBC Radio Manchester journalist Mike Minay, the former Derby County player is set to extend his stay at the Etihad Stadium to what would be his fourth year with the Blues.


Carson moved to City on loan from Derby in the summer of 2019 as the third choice keeper behind Ederson and Claudio Bravo at the time. The Cumbrian would have his loan extended by a further year ahead of the 2020/21 season before the Premier League champions permanently secured him on a one-year deal last summer following the expiration of his Derby contract.


The 36-year-old is not expected to make many appearances for the club barring some catastrophic injury issues in the goalkeeping department, with him making only two appearances for the club so far. One in the last season, coming against Newcastle in the Premier League when City had already wrapped up the trophy and the other in this season's Champions League round-of-16 tie against Sporting CP when he came off the bench for the final 17 minutes of the second league, with Pep Guardiola's men holding a 5-0 lead in the tie.


The former England international, although not making many appearances for the team, is an integral part of the dressing room, with several documentaries released by the club giving us glimpses as to how close and well respected he is within the squad.

All three first-team keepers are known to share a close bond, with Ederson and Carson described as having 'the best bromance you have ever seen in your life' by former Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster on his Fozcast podcast.


In another video, Carson walks into Sergio Aguero's farewell party in a fireman's suit; his entry into the room was greeted vociferously by the rest of the squad and all the back-room staff. In another instance, the whole City squad face-timed Carson to celebrate right after the important second leg win away to Dortmund last season in the Champions League, the English keeper was set to travel to Germany with the squad, but injury meant that he had to stay back home. The squad calling to celebrate with him was another great example of the bond he shares with his teammates.


Several reports have also indicated that Carson is one of the leaders within the dressing room. The decision of extending his contract, therefore, should not have been a difficult one for the club's hierarchy. Carson seems to be a person who is loved and respected by all – and is someone who might have a bigger role to play in the dressing room next season with the departure of club captain, Fernandinho.

Photo courtesy of OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images
 

Written by: @adwitya16


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