Stoke City have made it clear that they will not give up their treasured assets easily. According to reports in the press, club chairman Peter Coates has said that the Potters will put forth a determined fight to hold on to shotstopper Asmir Begovic and will try retaining his services at least till the end of the season if Manchester City make a move for him this winter.
The Bosnian has been linked with a potential switch to the Etihad Stadium in January and even though City boss Manuel Pellegrini has rubbished rumours of out-of-favour Citizens ‘keeper Joe Hart moving to the Britannia Stadium on loan, it doesn’t mean he won’t try to sign Begovic.
Meanwhile, speaking about the reports, Coates told the Stoke Sentinel: “He is a top goalkeeper, so this kind of thing is going to happen. We are just concerned that he concentrates on playing for us and doing what he has been doing up to now. It is important we keep him for the rest of the season. It is an important season and he is a key player. He certainly hasn’t made any noises.”
The chairman also said that he considers the news to be a baseless speculation and that the Citizens have not yet approached the Potters for the player.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini lacks faith in goalkeeper Joe Hart’s ability and has been reported searching for a replacement for the Englishman. Begovic has recently made it to the Chilean’s wishlist and it is suggested that the club may make a determined move for the player in January.