Stoke’s Jack Butland glad he turned Chelsea down

The England international could have moved to the Blues but opted against it.

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has revealed that he is glad that he turned an approach from Chelsea down, with The Mirror reporting on his development at the Britannia Stadium this season.

The 22-year-old moved to the Potters in 2013 but has had to bide his time before becoming Mark Hughes’ number one.

Butland had the chance to sign for the current Premier League champions in the past, but spurned the opportunity due to fears over playing time.

With Asmir Begovic leaving the Potters over the summer to join the West London side, the former England under-21 stalwart has been handed a starring role in the Premier League this term.

Butland has stated that he is glad to have turned his back on joining Chelsea.

“I never regretted my decision,” The Mirror quote Butland as saying.

“Whenever you move, you want to get into the team and make an ­impression straight away.

“It’s taken a while, but I’m really happy with how things are. I’m 22, it would have been wrong of me to look for first-team football at 19. Maybe I would have bitten off a bit more than I could chew. It’s a blessing in disguise.”

Begovic’s decision to leave Stoke for Chelsea was questioned in some corners, but the former Potters man has had a chance to feature for the Blues due to Thibuat Courtois’ injury.

Butland is not thinking that it could have been him in Jose Mourinho’s team and is instead enjoying life at the Britannia.

“It might have been me, but am I happy with the decision I made? Yes,” he continued.

“It’s all about being patient. I really just had to wait for the ­opportunity. You have to keep your head down and keep working.”

Butland looks destined for Euro 2016 infusion and has solidified his place at Joe Hart’s deputy in the England set-up.

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