Saturday, 2 February 2013

Jack Butland Deal Does Not Give Asmir Begovic The Green Light To Join Manchester United

Jack Butland’s arrival at Stoke does NOT mean Asmir Begovic is off to Manchester United in the summer.

Keeper Butland was snapped up from Birmingham in a £3.3million deal on deadline day and has been immediately loaned back to the Championship club.

The deal prompted increased speculation that Butland has been snapped up by the Potters as a replacement for Begovic.

The Bosnian is top of United’s list of candidates to take over from David De Gea if the Reds sell him back to his Spanish homeland at the end of the season.

But Stoke assistant boss Dave Kemp stressed: “It’s a coup to sign Jack as he turned down Chelsea but it doesn’t mean Asmir will go.

“If you get the opportunity to sign talent then you have to do it, which is what we’ve done with Jack.”

So, Butland will fight it out with Begovic next season to become Stoke’s first choice.

Kemp added: “There’s no automatic number one here. You have to earn the shirt here based on performances.”

Stoke’s forward department has been left intact, despite interest from Swansea in Kenwyne Jones, QPR’s keenness to do a deal for Peter Crouch and talk of a move for Aston Villa's Darren Bent.

Kemp insisted the former duo would not be unsettled by the transfer brokering.

He added: “It’s not that we wanted to get rid of Crouchy and Kenwyne, but sometimes you have to juggle it around. 

"If the deals had been right they might have been done.

“But this is their football club and they are contracted here. It wasn’t a case of anyone looking to get out.

“And it wasn’t a case of us looking to move them on. Sometimes deals are done but there was nothing. 

"They are quality players so other clubs are going to be interested.”

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