Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has signed a new contract that will keep the 23-year-old England international at the Premier League club until 2021, Stoke said on their website (http://www.stokecityfc.com) on Friday.
“We’ve always held Jack in the very highest regard but he has exceeded even our expectations since (manager) Mark (Hughes)selected him as our first choice goalkeeper,” chief executive Tony Scholes said.
“As a Club we feel it’s important that we tie down our talented young players on lengthy contracts and Jack’s new deal is a fitting reward for his progress this season.”
The Premier League’s busiest goalkeepers
10) Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hostpur)
70 saves2,747 minutes played 10 clean sheets 2.3 saves per 90min
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9) Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland/Watford)
72 saves1,616 minutes played 3 clean sheets 4 saves per 90min
8) Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City)
77 saves2,766 minutes played 10 clean sheets 2.5 saves per 90min
7) Tim Howard (Everton)
78 saves2,186 minutes played 6 clean sheets 3.2 saves per 90min
6) Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
79 saves2,201 minutes played 2 clean sheets 3.2 saves per 90min
5) Adrian (West Ham United)
88 saves2,474 minutes played 8 clean sheets 3.2 saves per 90min
4) Petr Cech (Arsenal)
90 saves2,657 minutes played 12 clean sheets 3 saves per 90min
3) Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City)
92 saves2,855 minutes played 7 clean sheets 2.9 saves per 90min
2) Huerehlo Gomes (Watford)
93 saves2,730 minutes played 10 clean sheets 3 saves per 90min
1) Jack Butland (Stoke City)
100 saves2,847 minutes played 10 clean sheets 3.1 saves per 90min
Butland, who was already committed to Stoke until 2019, has cemented his place in the starting lineup following the departure of Asmir Begovic to Chelsea during the close season.
Stoke are ninth in the Premier League, three points clear of Chelsea.
Butland has kept 10 clean sheets in the campaign and was included in England manager Roy Hodgson’s squad for pre-Euro 2016 friendlies against world champions Germany and Netherlands this month.