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Begovic plans Stoke stay

Asmir Begovic has moved to quell the speculation surrounding his Stoke City future by claiming he plans to be at the Britannia Stadium next season.

Asmir Begovic has been in impressive form this season
Asmir Begovic is under contract with Stoke until 2016

Begovic has been linked with a move away from Stoke throughout the current campaign - with Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Barcelona all linked with the Bosnian 'keeper.
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Stoke manager Tony Pulis has stated on numerous occasions he expects to retain the services of the 'keeper he rates as the best in the Premier League and Begovic appears to be willing to stay, despite the interest from so many high profile clubs.

"All the speculation is flattering and nice, but I am focused on my job here," Begovic said.

"As long as Stoke want me, I am contracted. I know football is a business and we will see what happens. You never know what is around the corner, but as far as I am concerned I am planning to be here.

"I am happy here and I am desperate to help the club push forward. We all want to win trophies and be as successful as we can, that is the main aim."

Begovic is under contract to the summer of 2016, but his impressive performances have attracted the interest of the top clubs and Stoke are realistic enough to know that a substantial offer could be too good to refuse.

Pulis has talked about Begovic being worth in excess of £15 million, but he knows the lure of the Champions League and the chance to test himself at the highest level is part of Begovic's ambitions.

The 'keeper confirmed his desire to play at the top of his profession at some stage in his career, saying: "I do have ambitions to play at the highest level and test myself if the opportunity arises.

"I can't think too much ahead. I am just thinking about here. I am contracted and there's nothing more I can say. I am just focusing on my job here. I am given the opportunity to play every week and that has been great." Ends

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