Serie A goalkeeper Marco Sportiello acknowledges reported Stoke City and Liverpool interest

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Atalanta’s Marco Sportiello has been linked to Stoke City and Liverpool.

Atalanta goalkeeper Marco Sportiello has told reporters he is happy at the club amid reports of interest from a number of top teams including Stoke City and Liverpool, Gianluca di Marzio reports.

The Italian goalkeeper has risen through the youth ranks at Atalanta and is now widely regarded as one of the most promising in his position in Serie A.

According to a report by Sky Sports in March, Liverpool showed interest in Sportiello while the Italian paper La Gazzetta linked Stoke City with making a move for him during the summer transfer window.

Speaking on his future to La Gazzetta via Gianluca di Marzio, the 23-year-old acknowledged interest from the Premier League duo but re-emphasised his desire to focus on Atalanta.

"I feel at home in Bergamo. I've worn this jersey for seven years and arriving in Serie A was fantastic. We'll see what happens in the future," he explained.

"Last summer one day they had me joining Ajax, another day Stoke City, then Stuttgart and Roma and even Liverpool. But I was always certain I would stay, it was right thing to do since I need to confirm what I did last season.”

Should Stoke or Liverpool renew their reported interest in Sportiello?

The young shot stopper is earning rave reviews in Italy but goalkeeping opportunities are in short supply and, unless they have special talent, the top teams will never have the need to buy them.

Stoke lost Asmir Begovic in the summer but had the impressive Jack Butland in reserve, a situation that has allowed the Potters to recover fairly quickly from losing such an important figure.

Butland has been superb for Stoke this term and, considering his age and potential, it will take some 'keeper to dislodge him as the number one at the Britannia Stadium.

Question marks remain over the ability of Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, however, yet the Belgian is slowly answering his critics and new boss Jurgen Klopp will surely give him time before making any big decisions.

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