Watford goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon keen to STAY at Nottingham Forest next season

Goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon says he hopes to be back at Nottingham Forest next season – and would like to have “a long history” with Aitor Karanka at the club. The 31-year-old has made the No.1 spot his own since joining the Reds on loan from Watford on transfer deadline day in January. He has made 13 appearances since then and helped his team keep a run of three successive clean-sheets last month. After Saturday’s 2-1 win over Ipswich Town, boss Karanka said he would be keen to sign Pantilimon, along with fellow loanees Lee Tomlin and Jack Colback, while “more or less” confirming defender Tobias Figueiredo is set to turn his move into a permanent one. Read More
And Pantilimon has made it clear he is eager for a deal to be done. “I really like what is happening here,” he told the club programme before the game. “I like the spirit of the club, I like the history and I like the team. “I have very good teammates and the staff are good as well, so I hope that I will be here next season and that I can help the team as much as possible for the aims that we have.” 




Aitor Karanka looks on at the City Ground
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Pantilimon had been on loan at Deportivo La Coruna earlier in the campaign, but struggled for regular game time during his spell in Spain, much like he has at Watford. Asked what the future is likely to hold for him next term, he added: “I don’t know, I am not thinking too much at this moment. I am just focused on what we have to do and on my job especially. “My heart is open to continue at this club and to work with the manager because I have a good relationship with him and I like the way he is treating the players. Read More
“I also like the style of football especially and what I can say is that it is a pleasure for me to work with him, with his staff and all of my teammates here.” Working with former Middlesbrough manager Karanka is a big draw for Pantilimon. Forest all but secured their Championship status with that win against the Tractor Boys at the City Ground, and now hopes are high that the Spaniard can oversee a more positive season next time around; his first full one in charge of the club. “I like him and I like the way he is preparing every game and the way he is thinking,” said Pantilimon. “He is a very passionate manager and he wants the best from everyone. “For me, it is a pleasure to work with him and I hope we can have a long history together at the club.”........

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