According to The Daily Mail, Villa are interested in signing Butland from Stoke in the summer transfer window.
The Mirror has claimed that Stoke, who will play in the Championship next season, want as much as £20m as transfer fee for the 26-year-old goalkeeper.
Butland has suggested that for him to maintain his place in the England squad, he will have to play in the Premier League next season, which will encourage Villa in their reported pursuit of the former Birmingham City goalkeeper.
Butland told The Mirror: “Of course, it’s an issue. All those things cross your mind. Staying put in the summer last year, I knew my performances were going to have to be even better again to make sure I was still in the squad. I think I’ve done that, which resulted in me staying in the frame with England.
“But I also know beyond this season it might be a tough ask, regardless of how well I am playing for Stoke.
“If I’m in the Championship again next season, I don’t think that will be enough to keep me in the England squad, so there’s a lot to think about.”
Good signing for Aston Villa?
Butland is a very good goalkeeper who will be a very good signing for Villa, not just for now, but in the long run as well.
The England international will get better with age and experience, and Villa should push for the goalkeeper this summer.
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