Jack Butland and Stoke City fans react with delight to goalkeeper's new deal

The England goalkeeper has signed a new long-term contract at the Britannia Stadium.

Stoke City supporters received some great news on Friday afternoon as it was confirmed that in-form goalkeeper Jack Butland has been awarded a new long-term contract at the club.

The 23-year-old has been a stand-out player for Mark Hughes' side this season, keeping 12 clean sheets in 34 matches in all competitions for the Potters since taking over from the departed Asmir Begovic and number one.

He has also begun to shine on the international stage, establishing himself as leading contender to be Joe Hart's natural successor as his country's first choice by shutting out Lithuania in a Euro 2016 qualifier and France in the second half of a friendly for England in the autumn.

His impressive displays had seen him linked with a potential move away from the Britannia Stadium in the summer, with several top clubs thought to be interested in his signature.

However, with Stoke looking to establish themselves as a top-half side under Hughes, the goalkeeper has chosen to commit his future to the club by signing a new five-year contract which could keep him there until 2021, when he would be 28.

The player himself said it was an easy decision for him to make because of how comfortable he feels at the Potters and with the club looking to launch a serious bid to become genuine European challengers.

He told the club's website: "It was an easy decision to make, especially off the back of this season with the club moving forward and stepping in the right direction. It’s been incredible.

"I’ve waited a long time for my chance, worked incredibly hard for it and I am really enjoying my time here so I’m delighted to extend it even further.

"I’m extremely pleased with how this season has gone and the position we’re in as a team so it really was a no-brainer for me. I am thrilled to commit my future to Stoke City."

Unsurprisingly, the announcement was also met with delight from Potters fans who can rest easy that their number one spot is in safe hands for the foreseeable future.





However, fans of other clubs were more cynical, suggesting that the new deal with not prevent Butland being snapped up by a more illustrious side in the near future.

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