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Chairman Peter Coates says Stoke are braced for losing goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

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Asmir Begovic: Linked with several clubs at home and abroad

Asmir Begovic: Linked with several clubs at home and abroad

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The Bosnia international has been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea in the Premier League, as well as Spain's Atletico Madrid and Italian giants Napoli.

Coates can envisage an approach that would be tempting for the player - but insists the Potters have contingency plans in place.

"I feel he's as good as anybody in the Premier League," Coates told The Sentinel.

"I don't know anyone who is better.

"You always have to be realistic about these things. If a call came from a top European club and was attractive to him, then you have to look at it.

"It wouldn't be much of a surprise to me and that's why we have contingency plans in place with other goalkeepers at the club.

"We would be reluctant to sell him because you want to keep your best players, but equally you are realistic about things. You also have to consider the player's view."

Begovic arrived at the Britannia in 2010 after five years with Portsmouth and has made more than 100 appearances.

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