Begovic to be offered new Stoke contract

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has revealed that the club will offer new terms to goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to try and persuade him to stay at the Midlands club, BBC Sport has reported.

The Bosnia & Herzegovina international only has a little over a year remaining on his current agreement, and Stoke are keen to open talks at the end of the season to fend off interest from elsewhere.

Begovic made a mistake to hand Chelsea victory when the two sides met in Stoke’s last game, but that was a rare error in what has been a highly consistent time at the Britannia Stadium for the 27-year-old. He arrived from crisis club Portsmouth in 2010 and immediately displaced Thomas Sorensen as first-choice goalkeeper.

He has remained so ever since, helping the Potters to their best ever Premier League position of ninth place last season. However, his form has led to significant interest from other clubs, with Manchester United linked with a move on a number of occasions over the past two years.

Fellow Stoke stopper Jack Butland signed a new four-year deal in March, and Hughes wants Begovic to follow suit in the summer. “We’ve made it clear we want him to sign. We will discuss it in the summer. That’s always been the plan,” he said.

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