Charlie Adam urges Asmir Begovic to sign a new deal, but admits Stoke exit is possible

The Potters midfielder hopes to see the highly-rated goalkeeper should sign a new deal at Stoke, rather than force the club into a sale.

Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam has urged goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to sign a new deal at the Britannia Stadium, in an interview with talkSport.

The Bosnian goalkeeper is highly regarded in the Premier League, and outside of it as well, and has long been linked with a move to a number of Europe’s top sides.

He has just one year left on his current deal at the club and has so far failed to agree fresh terms with Mark Hughes’ side, and Adam has urged him to sign an extension as the club will be left with no choice but to try and find a buyer if he fails to commit.

“I think he [Asmir Begovic] could stay but it’s his decision on the situation,” he said.

“The club aren’t going to be stupid and they aren’t going to let his contract run down. That’s not going to happen, definitely not, because they have a value there. It’s a hard decision for both parties. He obviously wants to play at the highest level in the Champions League but we want to keep him.”

Losing his first choice goalkeeper would naturally be a blow to manager Hughes before the new season, but it would not leave too big a hole in his plans if Begovic did leave.

The club would likely be able to sell the player for a decent price, giving Hughes money to spend on improving the rest of the squad.

And Adam says that should Begovic depart, the club already have a top goalkeeper ready to replace him in the form of England Under-21 captain Jack Butland.

He added: “We’ve got a top goalkeeper behind him in Jack Butland, who is going to the European Championship with England’s Under-21s. Potentially he could be one of the best in the Premier League in a number of years.”

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