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Begovic hints at summer exit

Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has added fuel to speculations linking him with a summer switch to Old Trafford by admitting he expects to leave the Britannia Stadium at the end of the season.

The Bosnian keeper has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, with the arrival of Jack Butland a signal that the Potters plan to sell Begovic at the end of the season.

He has now moved to deny that he has already reached an agreement with the Red Devils, but also stated that he plans to leave Stoke at the end of the season.

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

There are reports that Sir Alex Ferguson is unhappy with David De Gea’s standard of performances and that he wants Begovic to replace him as the number one for the 2013/2014 season.

Asmir Begovic, 25, has made a total of 80 Premier League appearances for Stoke since joining the club from Portsmouth in January 2010.

Tue 5 February, 2013
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