Bosnian refuses to rule out Manchester City switch

Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic

Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has refused to rule out a potential move to Manchester City, after admitting he was on the verge of a summer switch before the departure of Roberto Mancini saw the deal collapse, reports the Metro.

Begovic – who incidentally scored at the weekend against Southampton from a long clearance – has previously been linked with Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United.

And the 26-year-old has confessed he came close to a switch to the Ethihad in the summer, only for the sacking of Roberto Mancini after the FA Cup final defeat to Wigan to scupper any potential move.

‘As players we are the last to find out things, probably our agents and club officials find out first without talking to us, then at the latter stage of negotiations they will tell us,’ Begovic said.

‘As for Manchester City, when Mancini was on the bench, we were very close to an agreement.

‘The transfer was not realised due to several reasons, but the main one was the departure of the Italian manager.’

But despite the move falling through, the Bosnian is open to the idea of moving to City in the future to challenge the out of form Joe Hart, but dismissed the suggestion of a January deal.

‘Could I still move to City? I really don’t know if negotiations between clubs are still ongoing,’ he added.

‘But for me probably the best thing would be to stay at Stoke until the end of the season as in that way I would be truly ready for World Cup in Brazil.’