Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has insisted that Real Madrid have not made a formal approach to try a sign goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, the Metro
Begovic has constantly been linked with a move away from the East Midlands, due to his consistently strong performances, with Manchester United having previously been linked with a move for the Bosnia & Herzegovina international.
Now, Real Madrid are rumoured to be interested in Begovic, who is highly-rated across Europe, but Hughes has confirmed that there has not yet been an approach from the Spanish giants. He said: ‘I’m not sure where the story originates from, but certainly there has been no contact between the clubs.
‘But it wouldn’t surprise me if there was a modicum of truth in it – that top teams are looking at Asmir – because he is an outstanding goalkeeper. We are certainly not encouraging it. Asmir is a huge part of what we are trying to do here.
‘We are very fortunate that he is here and contracted to us. In that regard we have a position of strength. But he is an ambitious player and I’m sure he wants at some point to test himself at the highest level possible, in the Champions League.’
Real Madrid already have two goalkeeping options in the shape of Iker Casillas and Diego Lopez, while Begovic fought off competition from Thomas Sorensen to become Stoke’s first choice between the posts after joining in 2010. He has now made 128 appearances for the Potters.
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