Birmingham City keeper Jack Butland moves to Stoke City
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Stoke City have signed England goalkeeper Jack Butland from Birmingham City for a fee rising to £3.5m, but will spend the rest of the season with the Championship side.
Blues were keen to sell the 19-year-old because of their financial problems.
Butland signed a four-and-a-half-year contract before being loaned straight back to St Andrew's.
"I've got unfinished business there and I want to help them this season. They have been very good to me," he said.
Butland had because he wanted regular first-team football.
"It's been an incredible day - a very exciting one, but I'm glad it's finished," he told BBC Radio 5 live.
"I love playing and I don't want to sit on the bench. For me, it was important I went to a club where I can play and develop my game."
Butland has also been linked with a move to Liverpool, Fulham, Newcastle and Manchester City, while Southampton and Everton tried to sign him last summer.
The keeper played for Great Britain at the Olympics and made his England debut in the 2-1 win over Italy in August.
Butland was called up to the England squad for Euro 2012, after third-choice goalkeeper John Ruddy broke a finger, even though he had spent the season on loan at League Two side Cheltenham.
Jack is being owned by the potters so they can make big bucks in the future. At Blouse he is having an apprenticeship of fire.
Totally agree Jake,good on the lad. Great deal for him, could be Stokes regular no1 by next season, if not soon after.
Him and Hart with be the Eng goalkeepers for many years to come.
Butland's example should be followed, but unfortunately too many young players are manipulated by agents and pound signs.
Best of luck to him and to Stoke.
I think he will have the chance for first team footbal before very long, I think Begovic will be off to pastures new soon and Pulis is planning ahead.
Of course he turned down Chelsea, the guy obviously wants to play football, as opposed to modelling track suits on the bench. Good on him, and has earned a lot of respect for his decision. Unlike many other gold diggers, too numerous to mention. Hope he develops into a future a england number 1.
well done and good luck
MUFC will struggle to change De Gea's style of play now even at 22, for some reason continental clubs do not train their keepers to come for crosses, they think its the CB responsibility (even in the 6 yard box)
I think if he stays you make the best of what he’s got (agility, awareness, bravery and presence)
Perhaps Liverpool / Arsenal are more interested in Begovic than Butland? As for deGea, that's another potential for a summer move.
As always, when one moves it opens doors for others.
One thing is for sure, Stoke are in a great position, and should do well out of this in the short and long term.
Can't help but ask why Liverpool/Arsenal didn't go in for him?