Stoke City: Thomas Sorensen to decide on future after Tony Pulis talks
THOMAS Sorensen says he will sort out his Stoke City future when he talks to manager Tony Pulis at the end of the season.
The former Denmark international still has a contract to the summer of 2014 after already spending nearly five seasons at the Britannia Stadium.
But he admits lack of first-team opportunities – after playing second fiddle to Asmir Begovic for the past year – could force a parting of the ways in the next transfer window.
His position is further complicated by uncertainty over Begovic's short-term future and the deadline-day signing of Birmingham teenager Jack Butland.
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"I will speak to the manager to see what his vision is for the next few years," added Sorensen.
"The bottom line is that I am happy at Stoke, but what is pushing things the other way is my ambition to play. It is definitely something I will need to figure out because I obviously need to know where I fit in. If I don't fit in, then I will have to look after myself."
But he stressed: "No decisions have been made and I don't want to make a rash decision just because we are out of the FA Cup."
Sorensen, who sampled a rare taste of action with impressive performances in the cup against Crystal Palace and Manchester City, says there are certainly no thoughts of retirement if he does leave Stoke this summer.
"I feel fit and ready," said the 36-year-old. "That's what you measure everything by – your motivation and your physical state.
"At the moment I feel good and I don't want to put any date on it (retirement) because I will play for as long as I can."
Sorensen says he is a huge fan of both Begovic and Butland, but admits he hasn't seen much of the young England goalkeeper.
"I have seen him in one game," he said, "when he played really well against Brazil before the Olympics, but you can't judge anything on that. He is still young and has a long way to go, but he is a talented keeper and a good capture for Stoke."
Sorensen says he will be happy to pass on his experience to Butland if they end up working together when the youngster returns from his loan spell at Birmingham at the end of the season.
"We train with the young keepers here, and you are always trying to help push them along," he added.
"I'm sure if I am here in the summer I will be the same with Jack as I was with Asmir."