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Exclusive: Brad Friedel sends message to Zack Steffen - 'time to leave Man City'

Former USA international goalkeeper Brad Friedel says it's time for Zack Steffen to cut ties with Manchester City.

Steffen is this season on-loan with Middlesbrough after spending the previous campaign at City as understudy to outright No1 Ederson.

And with Ederson firmly established at City, Friedel says Steffen needs to seek a new permanent home - particularly that he's now 27 years of age.

Speaking to Tribalfootball.com on behalf of OLBG, Friedel said: "Yes, he should look for that move.

"I think if you asked him, I don't know if he could say it publicly, but he would agree.

"Ederson is one of the best goalkeepers globally and unless there's a long-term injury then nobody is going to play ahead of him at the moment.

"Manchester City are an incredible club with a great coach and great players, but at Zack's age he needs consistent football.

"I think it was smart to go out on loan this season right before a World Cup."

Citing his own time at Liverpool, Friedel says Steffen needs to seek a club where he knows he will be playing regularly.

He added: "But I think he should look elsewhere, it's not easy to leave but I left Liverpool.

"It's not easy to leave these huge clubs, but if you're not playing you've got to go play somewhere else."



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