Jack Butland admits “it’s always nice to be linked with clubs” as the Stoke stopper continues to rebuild his reputation after recovering from a serious ankle injury.
England international Butland missed almost the entirety of last season but the 24-year-old has re-established himself back in the Potters team as well as the England squad.
Despite his lengthy absence, the 24-year-old continued to be linked to the biggest clubs, with Manchester United said to be interested should they lose David de Gea.
Butland has previously made no secret of his ambition to play in the Champions League and at the highest level, and the 24-year-old believes the continued speculation is merely a result of his consistent performances.
“I guess I hope the speculation keeps coming as that means I’m playing well but none of that of matters anyway as we’re in the season,” he told the Daily Mail.
“I’m happy where I am and just doing what I can do for Stoke. Whatever happens in the future is a long way away and it’s not part of my thought process right now.
“Hopefully I just keep doing well but it’s always nice to be linked with clubs.”