The 20-year-old found his path into Hughes’ first-team blocked by the impressive Asmir Begovic, which was a cause of concern for both the club and the player.
‘Sparky’ revealed that it was always Stoke’s intention to send Butland out on a temporary deal and that he believes the young ‘keeper has all of the potential to be a key player for the Three Lions in years to come:
“It was always our intention to get Jack Butland out on loan,” he is quoted by Sky Sports.
“It was vitally important to get him out to allow him to continue his development.
“He is an outstanding young talent and someone we have incredibly high hopes for. We will keep a close eye on him and he will come here on certain days to maintain the work he has been doing with us.
“It is a good move for him and he will learn a lot from it. He has the potential to be the next England keeper.”
Butland has been tipped to succeed Begovic at Stoke, with the Bosnian international widely expected to leave in the near future.
Napoli and Manchester United have been linked with moves for his signature.
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