Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has once again insisted that he is happy to stay at the club despite ongoing speculation linking him with a big move this summer.

The Bosnian shot-stopper has been impressive for Stoke all season and has been strongly linked with a host of clubs, including Arsenal and Manchester United.

The move away from the Britannia Stadium might still happen for the keeper, but for now, all of his focus is on pre-season at the club and he ensures the fans that he is committed to the club now more than ever.

Begovic has been quoted saying that he is happy at the club and is looking forward to going back in for pre-season and working under the new manager, Mark Hughes.

Hughes, who has previously had spells with Queens Park Rangers and Fulham, took over from Tony Pulis after the manager left the club by mutual consent after the campaign ended and Begovic has revealed he cannot wait to work with the new boss.

"I am happy to be here and I am happy to stay here," he told the Stoke Sentinel. "I am looking forward to reporting back in pre-season, meeting the new manager and staff and cracking on with the new season.

"The most important thing is I am at a club where I am settled and I feel comfortable. Everyone has been really good to me and the chairman has been fantastic so I can't really complain."

The departure of Begovic looked likely when the club signed Birmingham keeper Jack Butland, but it now looks like the Bosnian is looking forward to compete with the young Englishman and he insists that competition is healthy for the club and both the players.

"Jack is a good up and coming keeper and everyone knows about Thomas and the qualities he has," he added. "We have a strong group of goalkeepers and I am looking forward to being part of it."


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