£3.5m Team GB star rejects Chelsea move

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Jack Butland has rejected the opportunity to speak to Chelsea about a proposed transfer after Birmingham City had accepted an offer for the England international.

According to BBC Sport, Chelsea met Birmingham's demands of £3.5 million for Butland, but the 19-year-old has passed up the chance to speak to Blues officials as he wants regular first-team football.

With Petr Cech Chelsea's undoubted No.1, Butland would have been recruited initially as a back-up for the Stamford Bridge star, but the teenager is not interested in playing second fiddle.

"Jack's enjoying playing for Birmingham and he is gaining valuable experience," Butland's agent Gary Mellor told BBC Sport.

"He will listen to what any club that meets Birmingham's asking price has to say, but playing is of paramount importance for Jack."

Butland featured prominently for Stuart Pearce's Team GB side in the Olympic Games last summer, and and was handed his senior England debut before establishing himself in the Birmingham first-team.

Birmingham's financial position means they are in a weak bargaining position when it comes to there most marketable player, and Chelsea appear to have been the first club to attempt to take advantage of the situation.

Along with Chelsea, Butland has also been linked with Southampton, Everton, Liverpool, Fulham, Newcastle and Manchester City.

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