Hughes: Begovic still has a future at Stoke City

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes believes goalkeeper Asmir Begovic still has a future at the Britannia Stadium, despite the Bosnia-Herzegovina international having been dropped from the match-day squad for a refusal to sit on the bench, reports Sky Sports.

Hughes opted to give young promising goalkeeper Jack Butland a rare start for Stoke in the Premier League recently, and inform Begovic that he would be on the substitutes’ bench as a result. But the highly-rated shot-stopper refused to be a sub, and was left out of the match day squad entirely.

Rumours about Begovic’s future have been non-stop all through the season, with the experienced goalkeeper having been linked with the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal. Stoke have always maintained their desire to keep him, but this latest incident could well see the two parting company at the end of the season.

The Potters boss has played down talk of an exit for Begovic, but did admit the decision doesn’t lie firmly on the club. If the Bosnian wants out at Stoke, the Premier League side have little choice but to let him go.

Hughes said: “Our intention is that Asmir stays. We don’t know if that is going to be the case at the moment because those talks were always scheduled for the end of the season.”

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