Begovic flattered by Manchester United & Real Madrid rumours

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Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic admits it's flattering to be linked with illustrious clubs like Manchester United and Real Madrid, but insists he's held no talks with either club over a prospective transfer.

Sky Sports reports how the Bosnia international has been the subject of intense speculation in recent months, with suggestions he'll leave the Britannia Stadium this summer in order to fulfil his ambition of playing Champions League football.

Red Devils boss David Moyes has been credited with an interest in bringing the 26-year-old to Old Trafford, even though he is well stocked in that department with current first choice David De Gea and Anders Lindegaard.

However, with Manchester United looking set to miss out on a top four finish this season, Begovic would be better placed to move to the Santiago Bernabeu in order to realise his European dream.

Carlo Ancelotti is equally affluent when it comes to goalkeeper options, though, with Diego Lopez and the long-serving Iker Casillas battling it out for the number one spot at Real Madrid.

Either way, Begovic is adamant there is no substance to suggestions he could join Manchester United or Real Madrid, and is instead focusing his attention on the remainder of the season with Stoke, before jetting off to the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

"There is no truth as far as I'm aware. I've not had contact with either club," he told Sky Sports News. "From my point of view it's flattering to hear those words - two of the biggest clubs in the world - but I'm just enjoying playing my football here.

"I focus on my job each and every day and make sure I perform every weekend for Stoke City.

"I've enjoyed my time here and don't want that to change but everyone has ambitions to go as far in the game as possible but there's been no contact.

"I want to test myself against the best players in the world and to qualify for the World Cup this year with Bosnia is a huge achievement.

"It's something I'm looking forward to and I'm just trying to progress my game and improve."

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