Stoke City star Jack Butland flattered by Liverpool speculation

The England international has been in sensational form this season.

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has admitted that he's flattered by speculation linking him with a move to Liverpool, but insisted that he has no plans to leave the Britannia Stadium, Sky Sports reports.

The 22-year-old has been sensational since becoming the Potters' new number one following Asmir Begovic's departure. And while he conceded that it is his ambition to play at the highest level, he confirmed that he wants to stay where he is (via Sky Sports).

"It has always been a target of mine [to play in the Champions League]. I do want to play at the top," he said.

"But at the minute, I can't fault where I am. I am in a brilliant squad who are playing extremely well and things are looking bright for the club.

"Right now I can't see any better place for me to be. I am learning every week and I am playing with some great players. The goalie coach I am really happy with and learning a lot from the staff as well.

"Personally, I am very comfortable and very happy where I am. I believe that we can do some really good things at Stoke so that is where my whole focus is at the minute.

"Anything beyond that is purely speculation and rumours. It is obviously wonderful to be linked with a club with the history of Liverpool," he added.

Butland's performances have helped Mark Hughes' side recover from a slow start to move into the top half of the Premier League table. A catalogue of stunning saves have led for calls for Butland to permanently displace Joe Hart in Roy Hodgson's England side.

And those calls reached their peak at the weekend when Stoke dismantled Manchester City, and Butland kept a clean sheet, after making important stops from both Kevin De Bruyne and Aleksandar Kolarov.

His performances have also led to speculation that Jurgen Klopp is keen to bring him to Anfield. The Reds' current goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has been guilty of several mistakes since his move to Merseyside. So, should the Belgian fail to raise his game, Klopp may look at Butland's efforts and decide that he is the kind of player that will help propel the club to the next level. 

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