Hughes: Butland going nowhere

Stoke boss Mark Hughes is adamant first-choice goalkeeper Jack Butland will not be leaving the club amid reported interest from Liverpool and Everton.

The England international was handed a new four-year contract at the Britannia Stadium towards the end of last season and replaced Asmir Begovic as No.1 following his departure to Chelsea.

Butland has been linked with the Merseyside duo after becoming Joe Hart's main rival for the England No.1 jersey following an impressive run that saw him keep five consecutive clean sheets for the Potters at the start of the campaign.

Hughes, though, is not about to entertain the idea of selling the 22-year-old and insists his career is progressing smoothly at the Staffordshire club.

"Jack's going nowhere," the Welshman said. "He's progressing well but he's very early into his career development as a No.1 keeper. People are aware of him – and they have been for a long time.

"Jack forced his way into the England squad when he was 19 but he needs a season-in-season-out of week-in-week-out in the Premier League. He's had a great career progression, every step he has taken he has dealt with.

"Now it's about consolidating himself in a very good Premier League team. That's the challenge for him."

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