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Foster eyes Edwin's spot

03 March 2009 08:10
Ben Foster is looking to cement his place as Manchester United's first choice, amid widespread talk the club are preparing a new contract for the goalkeeper. A week in which Foster emerged as United's Carling Cup final hero could get even better for the 25-year-old, as it has been suggested a new four-year deal may be tabled. Sunday's penalty shoot-out defeat of Tottenham at Wembley saw Foster produce a match-winning display between the posts, as he saved Jamie O'Hara's spot-kick to see United home. Having overcome cruciate ligament surgery last year, and a succession of niggling injuries this term, Foster is determined to further press his claims for a regular starting berth. Contract talks"I've got 16 months left and nothing has been said about a new contract, but I'm sure there will be no worries," he said. "I don't want to even think about leaving United. "The two years I had on loan at Watford, playing week in, week out, were great. I want that here. "I've not spoken to the manager about next season so I don't know how things will pan out. I have just got to keep doing my best and we will see what happens. "I am at the biggest club in the world and I want to stay here for as long as I can. "Hopefully, I'll have a decade or more here and I want this Carling Cup to be the first of many more trophies to come my way." The evergreen Edwin van der Sar needs to be usurped before Foster can think about international honours but having convinced Sir Alex Ferguson of his credentials, approval from Fabio Capello is now in his sights. "When we went up for the trophy Fabio Capello shook my hand and said 'well done'. It was the first time I had spoken to the man," he added in The Sun. "I've got my eyes on being in the England squad for the World Cup finals in South Africa next summer. That's a big target for me, like any player. "David James is the England No1 but there are a lot of keepers scrambling for places underneath him - Green, Carson, Kirkland, Robinson, Hart. "I've not been in a squad since Fabio Capello took over because of injuries. And I accept Capello can't pick anyone who isn't playing regularly."

Source: SKY_Sports