Butland dismisses transfer request talk


Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has denied that he has asked to be allowed to leave the Premier League club.

The England international has been linked with a move to Liverpool, as well as domestic rivals Arsenal, in recent months and speculation has surfaced that he has handed in an informal transfer request.

And that has seen the twenty-four year old stopper take to social media to confirm that he is not focusing on making an exit from the bet365 Stadium and is looking to give his all to keep them in the top flight.

“Before this spreads any further, I haven’t told the club I want to leave, I’m focused on doing everything I can to keep the club in this division!” he tweeted on Twitter.

Stoke recently appointed Paul Lambert as manager after sacking previous incumbent Mark Hughes, but it has done them little good as they remain in the bottom three and with just one win in eight fixtures.

Butland will certainly be a target for plenty of clubs at the end of the season if Stoke do suffer relegation down to the Championship, as his price tag may be reduced.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could be on the look out for a new keeper in the Summer and has been heavily linked with a bid for Butland.

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