Pantilimon keen on Forest stay

17 April 2018 08:33:42 EST

Romanian goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon has indicated that he would prefer to still be at Nottingham Forest next season.

The 31-year-old has featured in 13 Championship matches for Forest following his loan move from Watford in January.

He moved to England in the summer of 2011 when he joined Manchester City and he also starred for Sunderland before being signed by Watford in January 2016.

Pantilimon, who has become an integral part of Aitor Karanka's side, only made two substitute appearances in the Premier League for the Hornets though and is enjoying his time at The City Ground.

"I like the spirit of the club, I like the history and I like the team," he said. "I have very good team-mates and the staff are good as well. "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. I really like what is happening here."

Karanka has previously said that he would be keen to make the loan switch permanent, and Pantilimon added: "My heart is open to continuing 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.

"I am not thinking too much at this moment [about the future]. I am just focused on what we have to do and on my job especially."

Forest are 7/1 to beat Cardiff on Saturday and 11/2 to keep a clean sheet againt the promotion hopefuls.

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