Coates denies Begovic rumours

Begovic has been linked with Man City this week. Credit: PA

Stoke chairman Peter Coates has dismissed talk of Manchester City signing goalkeeper Asmir Begovic as speculation and stressed the club are determined to hang onto the Bosnia international until at least the end of the season.

Coates told the Stoke Sentinel: "This latest story was certainly news to me and I suspect it is just a bit of speculation. That's my guess, anyway, and we have certainly had no approach.

"He is a top goalkeeper, so this kind of thing is going to happen. We are just concerned that he concentrates on playing for us and doing what he has been doing up to now."

"It is important we keep him for the rest of the season. It is an important season and he is a key player. He certainly hasn't made any noises."

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