Stoke City's Asmir Begovic claims 'bragging rights' over Jack Butland on Twitter

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But there is no rift in the Stoke goalkeeping camp, just a friendly rivalry over basketball.

All of the top clubs in world football have two first class goalkeepers in their ranks these days. Bayern Munich have Manuel Neuer and Pepe Reina, Real Madrid have Iker Casillas and Keylor Navas and Barcelona have Marc-Andre ter Stegen playing back-up to Claudio Bravo.

Even the Premier League teams are doing the same. David De Gea and Victor Valdes at Manchester United, Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech at Chelsea.

Stoke City can also throw their name in the ring. They have Asmir Begovic keeping sticks for them. The Bosnian has been one of the most consistent goalkeepers in the Premier League for several seasons.

The Potters fans also know they have an excellent young back-up option in Jack Butland. The England under-21 goalkeeper joined the club from Birmingham City in 2013 but has had first-team opportunities limited by Begovic's superiority.

So when Stoke City's number one goes on about bragging rights over Butland on Twitter, that could be alarming:

Of course the pair are not at loggerheads. Instead Begovic was simply exclaiming his glee that his Phoenix Suns team had got the better of Butland's Oklahoma City Thunder in a recent NBA game.

Butland is just 21-years-old and has impressed in loan spells away from Stoke at Barnsley, Leeds United and Derby County. In the end he is lined up to become the number one stopper for The Potters, when Begovic moves on or hangs up his gloves.

Until then, Butland will remain second best to the Bosnian in NBA results and the pecking order.

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