Stoke City: Begovic coy on his Stoke future after super show at Arsenal
ASMIR Begovic has pledged his immediate future to Stoke City after dodging any talk of him leaving in the summer.
The 25-year-old goalkeeper's future was thrown into doubt after Stoke's deadline-day capture of Birmingham City teenager Jack Butland.
Butland has returned on loan to Birmingham before his scheduled return to the Potteries in the summer – when Begovic is expected to attract a bid from one or both of the two Manchester giants.
But the Bosnian was keen to reaffirm his dedication to the cause after an excellent display during Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Arsenal.
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"Jack has come in and it's exciting news because he's a big talent," said Begovic.
"But competition for places is nice and I'm looking forward to the challenge.
"The bond between the three of us keepers here is good and I'm sure Jack will fit in well. I'm looking forward to working with him pre-season."
As for his own future, Begovic added: "I'm happy here and I am just concentrating on the rest of the season."
Manager Tony Pulis denied the signing of Butland necessarily spelt the end of the Begovic's Stoke career.
"There will be speculation about Asmir," he conceded, "but we never bought Butland because of that. We bought him because hopefully he's got a great future in front of him."
Pulis confessed to his deep frustration at failing to strengthen his squad last week with a left-back and a central defender following the club's failure to sign the likes of Blackburn's Scott Dann, Birmingham's Curtis Davies or Bolton's Marcos Alonso
"I'm disappointed with one or two things that weren't done, which is a worry for me, but it wasn't for the want of trying," he stated.
Ryan Shawcross (shin) and Jon Walters (head) required more than 10 stitches between them after separate injuries on Saturday, but neither are a doubt for Saturday's visit of Reading.