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Fergie confirms Foster return

By Chris Stanton.   Last Updated: 29/01/07 4:07pm

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Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Ben Foster will return to Old Trafford in the summer after spending a second year on loan at Watford.

Foster joined United 18 months ago from Stoke but has yet to make an appearance for the club, with Ferguson instead farming him out to Watford.

Foster has made quite an impression at Vicarage Road, recently forcing himself into the England squad, and Ferguson sees his long-term future at Old Trafford.

"Without question, Ben will come back here," said Ferguson.

"All we have done in terms of the goalkeeping situation is identify really good talent and secure their future.

"We know Ben has a good future in the game. He is doing well at Watford and, at his age, has everything in front of him, because I believe him to be England's best young goalkeeper."

Ferguson paid tribute to Hornets boss Aidy Boothroyd who has given the Scot regular bulletins on Foster's progress.

"I get a fantastic monthly report from Aidy Boothroyd, which contains all the detail about how he trains, how he is as a professional and how he is developing," revealed Ferguson.

"It is first-class professionalism from Aidy Boothroyd to take the time to go through all the games he plays in that month."

Premier League rules prohibit Foster from playing against his parent club when The Hornets travel to Old Trafford on Wednesday.

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