Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has reportedly challenged the Potters to prove their ambition by convincing him to pen a contract extension, amid interest from Arsenal and Liverpool.
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The Daily Express reports that the big Bosnian, who has little more than 12 months remaining on his current deal, will assess the calibre of player boss Mark Hughes attracts to the Britannia Stadium this summer before deciding on his future.
Begovic said: “You get to a certain age and stage in your career where you want to be part of a successful team pushing forward and we have the ambition to do that and keep the right players here, so we’ll see how it works out.”
Both Arsenal and Liverpool could look to strengthen in the goalkeeping department when the summer transfer window opens.
The Gunners dropped former number one choice Wojciech Szczesny in favour of David Ospina, but boss Arsene Wenger may feel both men are not automatic starters in the long-term.
Reds head coach Brendan Rodgers dropped his regular man between the posts, Simon Mignolet, at the turn of the year, with Brad Jones filling in. While Belgium international Mignolet has regained his place and improved, Rodgers could seek a fresh face in the coming months.
Begovic’s Premier League experience is likely to appeal to Wenger and Rodgers.