Asmir Begovic happy at Stoke City despite Liverpool and Manchester United rumours
STOKE City's in-form goalkeeper Asmir Begovic says he won't be distracted by speculation linking him to Liverpool and Manchester United.
The two former European Champions are reportedly monitoring the Stoke keeper who has played a major part in City's rock-solid defensive performances this season.
Begovic has been ever-present in the league as City have conceded just 12 goals in 15 games, the second best record in the division behind only champions Manchester City.
The 25-year-old keeper says he is happy at Stoke.
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He added: "As far as I know it's all speculation. It's always nice when the biggest teams in the world are looking at you.
"It's a compliment, but it doesn't mean anything.
"We keep our feet on the ground here and the manager wouldn't let that change.
"I have three-and-a-half years on my contract and I am concentrating on playing and staying in the team and trying to help the team be successful.
"I am happy here so there are no issues with that."
Begovic cost City £3.25m when the Potters fought off interest from Tottenham to sign him from Portsmouth in January 2010.
He is proud of the club's defensive record, but says that reflects on the efforts of the rest of the team.
He said: "You attack and defend as a team. We take pride in working hard on both aspects of the game and things are going well for us."
Stoke are on course to beat the 14 clean sheets they achieved in the Premier League in the 2009/10 campaign.
Begovic says that is less important than finishing high in the table, but he says he takes as much satisfaction from a clean sheet as City strikers Peter Crouch and Kenwyne Jones do from their goals.
He added: "That's what goalkeepers work for. Goals don't interest me! If I ever scored one I would probably turn around and run straight back into my goal.
"Clean sheets are always a great bonus, but ultimately it is all about the three points."
Begovic has been supporting the club's City 7s scheme by meeting youngsters at the Britannia Stadium this week.
The initiative is open to children who have their seventh birthday between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2013.
For the £10 membership, they get a home shirt, two match tickets and a £5 voucher to open a Britannia Save and Support account.
They are also invited to presentation evenings to meet a first-team player.
STOKE'S Premier League trip to Fulham on Saturday, February 24 kicks-off at 12.45pm for live TV coverage.
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