It seems that Premier League big-boys Manchester City and Arsenal may have to remain content without the services of Stoke City shot stopper Asmir Begovic. For the umpteenth time this season, the Bosnian has spoken of his intention to remain at the Britannia Stadium, despite him being on the wishlist of a number of high profile suitors.
Begovic was quoted in The Metro, saying: “I don’t pay much attention to it [the speculation]. I take it as a huge compliment if people are saying nice things but there’s a pressure to keep performing so I have to concentrate on my job each and every day… I’ve got two-and-a-half years left [on his Stoke deal], I’m pretty tied down, pretty settled, so there’s no situation there.”
The Bosnian acknowledged that while everyone wants to play and perform at the highest level, he is confident of the ambition of his club and looks forward to achieving great things with them. Begovic also said that he is excited at the prospect of playing in his first World Cup, which will mark a milestone in his career.
The 26 year old has been linked with a move away from his club for quite a while, with the speculation gaining ground this season, especially given the hot and cold form of Mark Hughes and his boys. However, Begovic seems to be standing by his decision and is in no mood for a switch.
A strong reason for the Bosnian’s decision may be the fact that while he is the undisputed #1 at the Britannia Stadium, he may have to fight for a first team place at any of the other bigger clubs, which could affect his form in the run up to the World Cup.