Liverpool target Jack Butland denies asking to leave Stoke City

Jack Butland of Stoke City celebrates his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion at Bet365 Stadium on December 23, 2017 in Stoke on...

Stoke City's Jack Butland has refuted speculation over his future.

Jack Butland of Stoke City reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Stoke City at Old Trafford on January 15, 2018 in Manchester, England.

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has taken to Twitter this evening in order to reiterate his commitment to the club amid speculation over his future.

The Potters swooped to land Butland from Birmingham City back in 2013, and whilst he started out as Asmir Begovic's backup, he has emerged as a top Premier League goalkeeper.

Butland missed a huge part of 2016 and even 2017 through injury, but is now back between the sticks for Stoke, and will be called upon to help keep Paul Lambert's men in the Premier League.

Jack Butland of Stoke City during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on December 30, 2017 in London, England.

However, with relegation very much a possibility for Stoke, speculation surrounds Butland's future at the bet365 Stadium, with new links to other Premier League clubs.

The Sun claimed over the weekend that Arsenal and Liverpool are both interested in landing Butland for around £40million this summer, whilst The Gambling Times reported that Butland has asked to leave the club this summer.

However, Butland has today taken to Twitter to refute those reports, claiming that his commitment remains with Stoke and he has not made any noises over a summer transfer.

Jack Butland of Stoke City celebrates his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion at Bet365 Stadium on December 23, 2017 in Stoke on...

 

Given Liverpool's problems with both Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius between the sticks, many will be expecting Jurgen Klopp's men to make a big move for a new goalkeeper, and Butland certainly fits the bill.

Yet with a strong chance that he could be England's number one at the World Cup, Stoke won't sell on the cheap, even if they do go down - and Liverpool may need to be patient in their pursuit of the 24-year-old.

A dejected looking Jack Butland of Stoke City during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on December 30, 2017 in London, England.

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