Birmingham not selling Jack Butland

August 19, 2012
By Mike Whalley

Birmingham City manager Lee Clark says he has no intention of selling goalkeeper Jack Butland to Liverpool or any other club.

"We've got no intentions of letting the young players go," Clark said. "The likes of Jack Butland and Nathan Redmond are the future of the club. If we were to cash in on them now, we'd be doing ourselves a disservice. Once they've got another year or two of experience, they'll be worth huge amounts of money."

Liverpool had been linked with a 7.5-million-pound ($11.7 million) move for the 19-year-old, who became England's youngest-ever goalkeeper when he made his debut against Italy in Berne on Wednesday.

Butland, who went to Euro 2012 with England, was also Great Britain's first-choice goalkeeper during the Olympics.

The goalkeeper has limited experience at the domestic level. He only made his Birmingham debut Saturday after playing 24 times on loan at League Two Cheltenham last season.

His swift rise to prominence, though, has attracted the attention of Premier League scouts. He put in a solid performance as Birmingham drew 1-1 with Charlton in the Championship on Saturday.

Redmond, an 18-year-old winger, has also been highly rated.