Coates defiant over Begovic

Stoke chief determined to keep hold of want-away keeper

Begovic: Going nowhere

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Stoke chairman Peter Coates insists goalkeeper Asmir Begovic cannot force a move to Chelsea.

The Bosnia international refused to play in Tuesday's Carling Cup game against Shrewsbury after Stoke turned down two bids from the defending champions.

Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti is looking to boost his goalkeeping options but the London giants have been unsuccessful with an improved bid of £4million.

Coates claims Stoke are not looking to sell Begovic at any price, however, and they intend to keep any disciplinary measures against the former Portsmouth keeper in-house.

"This is an internal matter - and we will decide on what action to take," he told Sky Sports News HD. "Asmir Begovic remains our player.

Not interested

"He is regarded as one of the best young goalkeepers in the Premier League and we are not interested in any new offers from Chelsea.

"We are not interested in what Chelsea do and we have already rejected an offer, from them, for Begovic.

"We wouldn't welcome another bid from Chelsea and, as far as I am aware, we have not received a new offer from Chelsea for him."

Stoke signed the 23-year-old for a knock-down £3.25m just before the January transfer deadline as cash-strapped Pompey were desperate to raise funds to make sure they stayed in business.