Bosnian ace rules out United agreement, amid summer exit talk

Asmir Begovic Stoke goalkeeper

Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic expects to be sold in the summer, but has played down reports suggesting he has already signed a deal with Manchester United.

Begovic, who joined Stoke three years ago from Portsmouth, has proved to be one of the most consistent keepers in the Premier League as he closes in on 100 appearances for the Potters.

The Bosnian has already been tipped as a replacement for David de Gea at Old Trafford, who is far from settled since arriving in England. There are even reports that Manchester City see Begovic as back up for Joe Hart.

The 25-year-old is adamant that the arrival of Jack Butland will result in the end of his tenure at The Britannia Stadium, but insists he has not made a decision on his future.

“I read in the papers that I said no to City and yes to United,” Begovic told Oslobodjenje.

“But the truth is, I haven’t decided on anything.

“I didn’t say yes or no to anybody. I haven’t signed anything – no contract, no pre-contract. But I believe that Stoke didn’t buy Butland to be a reserve so I think I’m going to be sold in the summer.

“To whom? I can’t move to a smaller club and I also know that some top clubs are interested in me. They are also the only ones who can afford the fee.

“Now I’m just happy that January is over. It was a hard month for us, so many rumours. Now, we can focus on our games again.” Sky Sports

The young English goalkeeper Butland will make his way to the Potteries at the end of the season after being loaned back to Birmingham for the remainder of the season.

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