Stoke boss believes keeper will move to one of world’s best.
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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes believes that his star player, goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, will one day move to one of the biggest clubs in world football, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Potters boss has ruled out the possibility of selling the talented Bosnian shot-stopper this summer, but there remains big interest in the 27-year-old from the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Real Madrid.
Begovic was also the subject of much transfer speculation this time last summer, but he has so far remained at the Britannia Stadium and Hughes is determined to hold onto him.
Still, the Welshman admitted that he may be unable to stop him moving one day, but only if it is to one of the world’s biggest clubs, rather than to a team on a similar level to Stoke.
“It’s hands off if anyone comes in,” Hughes said. “There’s only a certain level he’d be able to go to.
“His next move won’t be a sideways move to a club on the same level. It’d be to one of the top clubs in World football.”
Arsenal and Manchester City both signed goalkeepers this summer, which may mean their interest in the player has cooled for the time being, though Liverpool sold Pepe Reina to Bayern Munich and Real Madrid face some uncertainty over the future of Iker Casillas.
Begovic has been at Stoke since 2010, after first rising to prominence with Portsmouth.