Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan has signed a new four-year deal, extending his stay until the 2016-17 season.

The 28-year-old USA international returned to pre-season on Friday and is looking forward to putting in some hard work to help Villa enjoy a successful campaign.

He told the club’s official website: “This is just the start now, the start of hard work. We have to build on last year and go forward and that is very much the collective mindset at the club.

“For me, it’s an honour and a privilege to play for Aston Villa Football Club and to commit my future long-term. I’m overjoyed by it.

“To have this opportunity to commit my future, with the plans and the future being what they are going forward, it’s tremendously exciting and I know that’s not just for me but for everybody, including the fans.

Guzan joined Villa in July 2008 from MLS team Chivas USA but only established himself as No. 1 last season.