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Butland happy with Stoke choice

Jack Butland believes he was right to choose Stoke over Chelsea, saying that his game will develop better at the Britannia Stadium.

The England international could have joined Chelsea in January but chose Tony Pulis’ side, though he remains at Birmingham on loan until the end of the season.

Butland is adamant that he made the right choice as, despite admitting that the current European champions were a big draw.

The goalkeeper feels that Stoke have the right set-up for him to prosper.

“It was and it wasn’t (a hard choice). Chelsea is a fantastic club, it would attract any player and it certainly attracted me. It is a fantastic place to play and they are the current Champions League winners. They are the European champions,” he said.

“But Stoke are a fantastic club for different reasons and somewhere I feel I can better develop my game at the minute. It is as simple as that.

“Chelsea didn’t do anything wrong, I just didn’t feel it was the right move for me and felt Stoke was. I feel capable of doing it with Stoke. It is a very good set-up there.”

The 20-year-old went on to speak of his intentions of challenging Joe Hart for the England number one shirt, while also expressing his regret at leaving Birmingham.

“It was a very, very important decision to make about when and where to move. It took a lot of thinking and unfortunately Birmingham were in the position they were,” he said.

“I have been there for a long time, learned a lot there. I’ve had my spells in League Two and my taste of the Championship – but I feel if I really want to push Joe Hart and the senior keepers for the senior spot that I need to be playing Premier League football.”

Sun 24 March, 2013
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