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Pulis: No one could afford Begovic

May 5, 2013
By ESPN staff

Stoke manager Tony Pulis has warned Premier League rivals that they would have to “spend a hell of a lot of money” to tempt the club to part with coveted goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

Asmir Begovic
GettyImagesBegovic would cost a "hell of a lot of money" according to Pulis.

Begovic has been a star between the sticks for the mid-table Potters and earned high praise recently when Pulis said the 25-year-old was a better ‘keeper than Manchester United’s David De Gea.

And the Bosnia and Herzegovina international’s form has not gone unnoticed by admiring suitors, with rumours suggesting Begovic could soon be on his way out of the Britannia Stadium.

But Pulis has rubbished any speculation linking Begovic with a move away, believing no club could match the price Stoke would place on the custodian’s head.

And the 55-year-old Pulis added that buying the highly-rated Jack Butland in January was not a signal of their intention to offload Begovic.

“No, no-one’s rung me up to ask about Asmir and if they did the price would be ... I can’t even think,” Pulis told the Daily Star. “They’d have to spend a hell of a lot of money to take him away. I couldn’t even give you a price because I haven’t even thought about it.

“The fact we’ve signed Jack doesn’t mean we’re going to sell Asmir. I still think there’s more to come from Asmir. He’s going to get better.

“He’s been brilliant this year but there’s still more to come.”