Begovic focussed on Stoke despite Arsenal and Liverpool link.
Asmir Begovic has admitted reports linking him to Arsenal and Liverpool are flattering, but the goalkeeper insists he is concentrating on helping Stoke City improve.
Begovic, who was signed in a £3.25m deal from Portsmouth in 2010, has been linked with a possible to switch to Arsenal or Liverpool during the January transfer window.
“It’s very flattering,” Begovic told Sky Sports News.
“It’s positive feedback from other teams that people are looking at you and mentioning you with those teams.
“It’s no secret that everyone has their own ambitions and they want to be playing at the highest level possible.
“But right now I’m just focused on taking Stoke forward and I think the club here has a lot of ambitions; the chairman, the manager and everyone else included.
“So we just want to keep pushing this club forwards and see how far we can take it.”
SOURCE: The Sport Review
Asmir Begovic has certainly played his part in helping Stoke to a respectable start to the season, keeping eight clean sheets for the comfortably mid-table Potters.
Harry Redknapp tried to sign Begovic for Tottenham but the towering ‘keeper could now find himself rewarded for his form by signing for one of Spurs’ Premier League top-four rivals – Arsenal or Liverpool.
With Wojciech Szczęsny less convincing this season than last, and doubts remaining over the quality of back-ups Lukas Fabianski and Vito Mannone, Arsenal have been linked with a number of custodians ahead of the new year and a proven Premier League performer like Begovic would undoubtedly make a serious challenge for the number one jersey at the Emirates, should he move to North London.
Liverpool, meanwhile, boast an long-established number one in Pepe Reina but the Spaniard lacks competition at Anfield and has consequently become sloppy in the past 12 months.
Boss Brendan Rodgers tried to sign a Wolves ‘keeper Dorian De Vries in the summer so it’s no surprise to see him linked to Begovic but it’s doubtful the 6’5″ stopper swap first-team football at the Britannia for a place on the bench at Anfield.
For their part, Stoke will not want to lose the Bosnia and Herzegovina international without a fight, particularly while a surprise assault on the Premier League top six remains within their grasp.
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