Stoke City Boss Mark Hughes Vows To Rebuff Advances For Asmir Begovic

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Potters chief hoping to keep hold of valuable stopper.

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Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has said that he considers Asmir Begovic to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world and will do everything in his power to keep him t the club in January, Sky Sports reports.

The Bosnian international has consistently proved himself as one of the most reliable stoppers in the Premier League following spells with Stoke and Portsmouth and has seen himself become one of the most sought after custodians in the top flight.

Both Arsenal and Manchester United were linked with moves for him over the summer but no deal was done and speculation has been building over whether or not he will still be at the Britannia Stadium in the new year.

However, Hughes is unwilling to part with the 26-year-old, but concedes that his continued good performances will only keep him in the shop window.

“We’ve got one of the top keepers in Europe,” Hughes said.

“When he goes to the World Cup, he might prove he’s one of the best in the world.

“I’d like to work with Asmir for many, many seasons because I think he’s that good.

“He’s had a great week – qualifying for the World Cup and putting in an outstanding performance for us.”

Begovic, though, has maintained a dignified silence throughout the transfer gossip, and has instead decided to focus on celebrating his country reaching their first ever World Cup.

“Weeks like this are what dreams are made of.

“Getting to the World Cup has been a dream of mine – what it meant to us and what it meant to the country was huge.

“A big motivation for us to qualify was to do it for our people back home.

“This season is a big one. It’s a big carrot now, going to Brazil. I don’t have to be ready yet but I’m doing my work as best as I can.”

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