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Buchel set for new deal

Goalkeeper Benjamin Buchel expects to sign a new contract with Bournemouth and is ready to push on in a bid for regular football.

The Liechtenstein international has been with the club since 2012 but has yet to break into the first team and has instead spent time out on loan at non-league sides Poole Town and Havant & Waterlooville last term.

He has been offered a new contract and is determined to challenge for a place in Eddie Howe's side, despite facing competition from Lee Camp, Ryan Allsop and potentially Darryl Flahavan - should the ex-Southend man sign a new contract of his own.

Buchel told the Bournemouth Daily Echo: "It looks like everything will be OK for me to stay another year in Bournemouth, so I just need to sign the contract when I'm back in England, but it's a formality.

"The last two years have been good for me as I have come to a new country and learned about football. Injuries stopped me a little bit but now I think I'm ready for a whole year of improving.

"Because I was injured for a long time, all I want is to stay fit for the whole season, push the other goalkeepers, and if possible, play-first team football.

"But I'm not really thinking about the chances of that. I train hard and I live well and if I get a chance, hopefully I will take it.

"You never know what is going to happen. Maybe I will get a loan move somewhere, but first I want to be in Bournemouth and to push as hard as possible.

"I always played games, not necessarily as a professional because I got into football quite late, but now I hope it's time to get regular games."

Buchel accepts that he may be loaned out again next season and has found his time lower down the football pyramid to be beneficial.

He said: "It wasn't the highest standard but because I was coming back from injury, I was really happy to have played nearly 25 games in three months at Poole and Havant.

"I was just happy to play games and I think it will be the same next season. I won't stay on the bench or just do the training. If I won't be near the team, I would love to go out on loan as high as possible."