Asmir Begovic has said he believes he made the right decision to stay at Stoke City, despite receiving offers from various top European sides.
The 'keeper was tipped to replace Manchester City's Joe Hart, and in August former assistant manager of City David Platt told Al Jazeera that: "If Robero Mancini was still in charge they would have tried to sign Begovic."
The Bosnian international was also strongly linked with big-money moves to either Arsenal or Manchester United.
The £15million rated goalkeeper revealed that he was flattered by their interest, but would remain at the Britannia Stadium.
He has been quoted on Sky Sports today saying he is happy about his decision.
He said: "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 has seen his career go from strength to strength since joining Stoke in 2010 from Portsmouth for £3.25million, and it seems he wants that trend to continue after hints that he may be open to offers in the future.
He added: "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 looks set to be involved in next year's World Cup in Brazil - currently his Bosnia and Herzegovina side top the qualifying Group G.
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