Butland turns down Liverpool switch


Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has turned down the chance to move to Anfield.

The England international, who is currently in Russia with the World Cup squad preparing for Saturday’s quarter final against Sweden, was the subject of a bid from Liverpool.

But the twenty-five year old is not sure he wants to move to Merseyside because he wants assurances that he will be handed the number one role at the club.

Manager Jurgen Klopp told him that he would have to compete with current first-choice Loris Karius for the gloves next season and that has seen Butland decide to keep his options open.

He is highly unlikely to remain with Stoke after their relegation to the Championship and is eager to move to another Premier League club this Summer once he returns from the World Cup.

Chelsea are also closely monitoring his situation as they ponder their goalkeeping options with Belgium international Thibaut Courtois poised to move to Spain once his involvement in Russia is over.

The former Atletico Madrid loanee would like to make a return to the city as his family still reside there following his time with the La Liga club.

Real Madrid are also pondering a move for Courtois, along with reported Liverpool target Alisson Becker of AS Roma. The Brazil international could be priced out of a move by the Serie A club, however.

Butland is seen as a cheaper alternative by both clubs and could be handed the chance to prove himself at a top level Premier League side.

But at present it does not look like it will be Liverpool after Klopp refused to give him the status of number one.

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