Matt Turner says he is determined to fight for his place at Nottingham Forest following the arrival of Matz Sels as he is “addicted to life in the Premier League“.
Forest completed the signing of Sels from Strasbourg on deadline day in a €6million (£5.1m, $6.5m) deal, and the 31-year-old goalkeeper went straight into the starting lineup for his new side’s Premier League draw with Bournemouth on Sunday in place of Turner.
But the USMNT goalkeeper played down the chance of returning to MLS and emphasised his desire to compete for the No.1 spot at Forest ahead of this summer’s Copa America.
“When I was over there (the U.S.), all I wanted to do was be over here (England),” Turner told ESPN. “I’m sort of addicted to life in the Premier League; I want to be around it. I want to continue to get better and I think that this is the place for me to do that.”
Forest made approaches for as many as seven goalkeepers in January, stepping up their efforts after the 3-2 defeat to Brentford and 2-1 loss at Arsenal, which both featured Turner errors.
The 29-year-old was questioned over the positioning of his wall as Ivan Toney equalised for Brentford from a first-half free kick, before Gabriel Jesus’ goal was sent through his legs against Arsenal 10 days later.
Turner accepted the mistakes he has made this season have been routinely punished.
“Everything that could possibly have gone wrong in certain moments has gone completely wrong,” he added. “Sometimes as goalkeepers you might get away with one or two things, and it feels like this season I’ve gotten away with zero. It’s tough to take.”
Turner had started 17 of Forest’s 22 Premier League fixtures this season before the arrival of Sels, with Greece international Odysseas Vlachodimos playing the other five between November and December.
Forest return to action on Wednesday with their FA Cup fourth-round replay against Bristol City.
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