Jack Butland’s comments encouraging for Aston Villa

Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland catches the ball above Ryan Shawcross of Stoke during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Sheffield United at the Bet365 Stadium on May 5,...

Aston Villa reportedly want Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland.

Jack Butland of Stoke City signals during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Sheffield United at Bet365 Stadium on May 05, 2019 in Stoke on Trent, England.

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has suggested to The Mirror that he will have to move to the Premier League to play for England, and his comments will be music to the ears of Aston Villa.

According to The Daily Mail, Villa are interested in signing Butland from Stoke in the summer transfer window.

 

The Villans will play in the Premier League next season after clinching promotion from the Championship via the playoffs.

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.

Swansea striker Oli McBurnie scores the third Swansea goal past goalkeeper Jack Butland during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Stoke City at Liberty Stadium on...

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.

Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland catches the ball above Ryan Shawcross of Stoke during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Sheffield United at the Bet365 Stadium on May 5,...

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