Asmir Begovic not ready to join Man City until after World Cup

Stoke City’s goal scoring goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has declared that he could have well been a Manchester City player instead this season with the Bosnian international having been primed for a move to Eastlands before Roberto Mancini was given the heave ho by the club’s Middle Eastern owners.

The 26 year old super stopper has been tipped for greatness, and it would surprise no one if he was playing for a bigger club sooner rather than later. And Begovic has left the door open for Man City to make a move for him either in January or in the summer by declaring in an interview with the Metro, ‘Could I still move to City? I really don’t know if negotiations between clubs are still ongoing. But for me probably the best thing would be to stay at Stoke until the end of the season as in that way I would be truly ready for World Cup in Brazil.’

Meanwhile the situation at City where England international Joe Hart has been benched in favour of Romanian keeper Costel Pantilimon means that the club will almost certainly be looking to bring in a new keeper in January, and a player with Premier League experience like Begovic cannot be overlooked for the role.

Updated: November 7, 2013 — 5:00 am
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