Hughes: Begovic among world's best goalkeepers

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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes rates Manchester United and Arsenal target Asmir Begovic among the world's best goalkeepers, reports Sky Sports.

The 26-year-old Bosnia international is already regarded as one of the Premier League's most consistent custodians, and is now being backed to show the world exactly how good he is at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has previously been credited with an interest in bringing Begovic to the Emirates Stadium, as he sought to increase competition for current first-choice stopper Wojciech Szczesny.

Manchester United have also been mooted as admirers of the Potters star, though that was before David Moyes succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.

With the January transfer window not far away, speculation regarding Begovic's future at the Britannia Stadium will likely intensify again, and Hughes realises that his continually good performances will not go unnoticed by prospective admirers.

"We've got one of the top keepers in Europe," reflected the Stoke boss after Saturday's 0-0 draw with West Brom. "When he goes to the World Cup, he might prove he's one of the best in the world.

"I'd like to work with Asmir for many, many seasons because I think he's that good. He's had a great week - qualifying for the World Cup and putting in an outstanding performance for us."

After Bosnia topped qualification Group G to successfully book their place at next summer's finals, Begovic reflected positively on his recent experience, and said that he will keep his head down and work hard between now and the end of the season.

"Weeks like this are what dreams are made of. Getting to the World Cup has been a dream of mine - what it meant to us and what it meant to the country was huge.

"A big motivation for us to qualify was to do it for our people back home. This season is a big one.

"It's a big carrot now, going to Brazil. I don't have to be ready yet but I'm doing my work as best as I can."

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