Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has said he will resist any attempts by Manchester City to sign goalkeeper Asmir Begovic in January and expects to be backed by chairman Peter Coates.
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Reports indicate that City are planning a 15 million pound bid for Begovic, with part of that deal being to loan England No. 1 Joe Hart to Stoke.
But Hughes has made it clear he does not want to sell Begovic, and sources have told ESPN FC he will seek assurances that any departure would not happen until the end of the season.
Begovic, 26, has been one of Stoke's best performers so far this season, and Hughes believes it could be disastrous if he were allowed to leave halfway through the campaign.
He was wanted by former City manager Roberto Mancini and has also reportedly interested Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea.
The Bosnia international wants to concentrate on his club form and have an uninterrupted build-up to the World Cup, indicating that a January move would be unlikely.
Begovic, who has two years left on his Stoke contract, recently intimated that he was aware of interest from other clubs.