With just one year remaining on his Stoke City contract, Asmir Begovic has a very important decision to make over his future.
The 28-year-old is reaching the peak of his career and after being provided with regular football to develop into a top Premier League goalkeeper at the Britannia Stadium, he does owe Stoke a great deal.
However, his ambitions lie beyond a regular mid-table finish. Begovic believes that he has the ability to be one of the top goalkeepers in Europe and play regularly in the Champions League.
He told the Daily Mail, “Of course (I'd want to play in the Champions League), any player as ambitious as myself wants to play at the highest level. I've played in the Europa League, the World Cup and World Cup qualifiers.
“I know the club are ambitious and trying to move forward trying to get into European competition so if the plans are right then hopefully we can get something in place there. That would be awesome.
“But like anyone I'd love to play at the highest level. It's what I've worked so long and hard to do, so somehow if that happens - I will be honest with the club and cross the bridge when we get there.”
Speculation is rife over the Bosnian stopper’s future and as it is unlikely that Stoke can match his ambition, a move to a bigger club could be on the horizon. He has been heavily linked to Arsenal and Chelsea but a move to Manchester United, per the Daily Star, seems most likely with David De Gea on Real Madrid’s radar, according to the Metro.
Begovic is a level-headed character who just wants the best for his career and although he does have big ambitions, he wants to make the right decision for his long-term future.
He continued, “My future? I couldn't tell you 100 percent at the moment. 'But I'm at a certain stage of my career, I'll be 28 this summer. I've played a lot of games and developed in the last five years at this club.
“We will sit down after the season ends and see where we want to take things going forward. I have a lot of respect for the manager, what he has done over the last couple of years has been great. But it's about trying to be ambitious as possible, to win and compete for as much as possible because I'm going to be 28, not 20.
“I want to be part of a successful team and achieve things. I want to have some special things to look back on when I finish football. So that's the situation; we will have an honest discussion and I'll be very clear with my opinion and we'll see what the options are on both sides.”