Begovic happy to stay at Stoke

Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic admits he would relish the chance to test himself at the highest level but is happy to stay at the Britannia Stadium for now.

Last Updated: 14/05/13 at 14:50 Post Comment

Asmir Begovic: Is happy to stay at Stoke for now

Asmir Begovic: Is happy to stay at Stoke for now

The Bosnia and Herzegovina goalkeeper has been widely tipped to leave the Potters in the summer, with the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal believed to be tracking his progress.

Stoke's decision to seal a deal for Birmingham's Jack Butland in January merely increased speculation Begovic would be sold in the summer.

Manager Tony Pulis confirmed earlier this month that he has received no bids for the 25-year-old and would do his upmost to resist any offers in the summer.

When quizzed about the speculation surrounding his future Begovic remained coy, saying he was happy to stay for now but stressing any decision to sell him is ultimately up to the club.

"All the speculation is flattering and nice, but I am focused on my job here," he told the Sentinel. "As long as Stoke want me, I am contracted. I know football is a business and we will see what happens.

"You never know what is around the corner, but as far as I am concerned I am planning to be here.

"I am happy here and I am desperate to help the club push forward. We all want to win trophies and be as successful as we can, that is the main aim.

"I do have ambitions to play at the highest level and test myself if the opportunity arises. I can't think too much ahead. I am just thinking about here. I am contracted and there's nothing more I can say."

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