Stoke reject Begovic bid

Champions Chelsea make offer for stopper but Stoke refuse to sell

Begovic: Feeling betrayed

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Stoke Chairman Peter Coates has revealed that the club have rejected a bid from Premier League champions Chelsea for goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

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Coates insists that the Potters will not be selling the Bosnian international at any cost and expects the 23-year-old to remain at the Brittania Stadium.

Begovic reportedly refused to play in the Carling Cup game against Shrewsbury after being linked with the West London giants.

Stoke signed the keeper from Portsmouth and Coates said: "I felt huge disappointment. He's an exceptional young goalkeeper, one of the best in the country.

"Clubs like Chelsea make enquiries about them and their heads can get turned very easily. It's just bad advice they get given, they shouldn't listen to it but obviously they do."

Reports have suggested that Chelsea made an offer in the region of £4.5million for the stopper.

Coates said: "You may have heard a rumour and it may be pretty good information, but the fact is we've rejected any offer they've made. They made an enquiry and they did make an offer and it was rejected."

Asked if a bigger offer might tempt the club to sell, Coates said: "Silly offers do have an effect on you but nothing like that has happened and we're not expecting it to happen and our position is we see him remaining our goalkeeper."

Betrayed

Meanwhile, Begovic claims that manager Tony Pulis lied over his refusal to play in the Carling Cup game in midweek.

The goalkeeper's agent Will Sherling told the News of the World: "Asmir feels betrayed and let down by the club. He didn't refuse to play against Shrewsbury and anyone who knows him knows he would never do that.

"In return for 100 per cent commitment all a player asks for is honesty and unfortunately, that's been in short supply for Asmir over the last seven months."