Brek Shea has left Stoke and returned to the United States to join Major League Soccer side Orlando City.
Asmir Begovic believes he made the right decision to stay at Stoke City, following a summer of speculation linking the Bosnian with a move away from the Brittania Stadium.
The highly-rated goalkeeper was subject to interest from various top European sides and despite admitting to being flattered by the interest, he decided to remain at the Potters highlighting his love for the club as one of the reasons.
"I'm happy because I stayed at Stoke City," he told Mundo.
"I feel great here and I love my football here, but I can't hide the fact that it was nice to be linked with so many big clubs."
Begovic is keen to continue his development at Stoke this season and he believes the speculation will make him improve, whilst hinting that he may be open to offers in the future.
"The interest motivates me even more and I would really like to become an even better goalkeeper.
"I'm a very ambitious guy but then again, I'm pleased with the club where I'm currently playing."
Begovic's Bosnia and Herzegovina side currently top World Cup qualifying Group G and look set to be involved in next year's competition in Brazil.