Stoke tie down star man

Goalkeeper Jack Butland says it was an easy decision to sign a new five-and-a-half year contract with Stoke City.

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The 23-year-old has emerged as the Potters’ first-choice shot stopper this season following the departure of Asmir Begovic to Chelsea last summer.

Butland’s form has seen him earn a space in England’s senior squad, while it has also attracted the attention of some of the Premier League’s big clubs, Liverpool having previously been linked with a move.

Butland now appears to have ended any speculation over his future by committing himself to the Britannia Stadium until the summer of 2021, the former Birmingham youngster claiming he is happy to stay put with Stoke moving in the right direction.

Butland told Stoke’s website: “It’s been incredible. I’ve waited a long time for my chance, worked incredibly hard for it and I am really enjoying my time here.

“It was an easy decision to make, especially off the back of this season with the club moving forward and stepping in the right direction.

“I’ve felt comfortable here and I felt ready to come in and make my mark in the Premier League, which has gone extremely well.

“I joined when I was 19 and I probably bit off more than I could chew, wanting to be involved and play a big part straightaway.

“The club dealt with it brilliantly by allowing me to play games out on loan, while still continuing to train at the club and eventually the chance came along at the perfect time that suited both parties.

“I will always back myself, I’m extremely pleased with how this season has gone and the position we’re in as a team, so it really was a no brainer for me.”

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