Manchester United & Arsenal target commits future to Stoke

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Asmir Begovic has put an end to speculation regarding his future by revealing he has no intention of leaving the Britannia Stadium this summer.

Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool have all been linked with the Bosnian goalkeeper and, after the Potters signed Jack Butland, it seemed certain that Begovic would be on his way out of Staffordshire.

Butland had turned down Chelsea in favour of a move to Stoke as he thought he would have a better chance of first-team football, suggesting Begovic did not feature in the team’s future plans.

However, a move for the stopper has failed to materialise over the summer with Liverpool opting for Simon Mignolet and Manchester United seeing David de Gea drastically improve in the second half of last season.

Arsenal also seem content with their options in goal after Wojciech SzczÄ™sny regained his place in the starting XI. 

With interest from the top club's dwindling, Begovic is ready to concentrate on the new season with Stoke.

He told The Sentinel: "I always tried to stay focused and not concentrate on outside things.

"You never know for sure in football what can happen, of course, but as far as I am concerned, I am happy things are settled.

"I am happy to stay and I am not looking for a move. It's where I see my future."

The Stoke chairman Peter Coates has reinforced Begovic’s claim to stay by confirming that no bids have come in for the 26-year-old and that Butland may be loaned out as a result.

"Begovic will be our goalkeeper at the start of the season," Coates told The Sun.

"And I would think we'd be definitely looking to get Jack Butland playing somewhere next season where we can improve his game."


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