Stoke keeper Thomas Sorensen has insisted he will remain at the Britannia Stadium and fight for the number one spot, while adding that he would like the club to bring West Ham striker Carlton Cole to the Potteries.
The 35-year-old found opportunities limited last season as Asmir Begovic performed consistently between the sticks for Tony Pulis' side. Sorensen did, however, find himself as the first choice shot-stopper during Stoke's memorable FA Cup run, which ultimately ended in the final.
The Denmark international was in fine form against Manchester City at Wembley - making a number of outstanding saves - and, despite alleged interest in his signature from elsewhere, Sorensen is happy to stay with Stoke.
"It is important for me to be playing. It was great to have the run in the FA Cup last year, but it is no secret I want to be playing more regularly," he told The Sentinel.
"The manager has said it is up for grabs this year, so I am ready for the challenge. We will see what happens. I am here to challenge, I am not going anywhere.
"I think both me and Asmir did really well last year, so it is only fair that it is open and that whoever plays better will start. That is my aim."
The acquisition of more players takes on a greater importance for Stoke this summer as - after their FA Cup exploits - they will have a tilt at European glory in the Europa League.
One player to have been consistently linked with a move to the club is Hammers Cole forward who - after the east Londoners relegation to the Npower Championship - could well be sold during the transfer window.
Sorensen saw the talents of the 27-year-old at close-quarters when both were at Aston Villa in 2005, and the veteran gloveman says that - six years later - Cole is more of a finished article. "He is a much improved player. He was fairly young when I played with him at Villa," Sorensen added.
"The role he has had at West Ham has given him a lot of responsibility and you can see he has grown. He has been involved with the England team and, whenever we have played him, he has been a handful with his physical presence.”
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