Liverpool blow as impressive goalkeeping target pens new deal at Premier League rivals

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has penned a new five-and-a-half-year deal with the club, according to their official website.

The England international has emerged as one of the top stoppers in the league this season, as well as a genuine contender for Joe Hart’s position as undisputed England Number 1.

Since the departure of Asmir Begovic to Chelsea, the Three Lions star has exceeded expectations.

Such is the nature of his impressive form, the 23-year old custodian was linked with a move to Liverpool recently as they seek an improvement on Simon Mignolet.

However, the former Birmingham City ace has ended speculation by committing his long-term future to the Potters, where he has played since 2013, though remained at St. Andrews on loan for a year.

He was only a year into his current deal, though manager Mark Hughes recently conceded his stellar form warranted improved terms.

‘We are naturally delighted that a player of Jack’s quality has signed a long-term contract’, gleamed Chief Executive Tony Scholes.

‘We’ve always held Jack in the very highest regard but he has exceeded even our expectations since Mark selected him as our first choice goalkeeper.’