Stoke can force Sorensen stay

Potters keeper seeks clarity regarding his long-term future

Sorensen: Potters could trigger an extension clause in his contract

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Thomas Sorensen is looking for regular first-team football, but admits he may be forced to stay at Stoke.

The Danish goalkeeper has slipped down the pecking order at the Britannia Stadium, with Asmir Begovic having forced his way into Tony Pulis' plans.

Sorensen now finds himself restricted to back-up duties and sporadic showings in the starting XI.

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He admits the situation is far from ideal, with the vast majority of his career having been spent as a No.1.

The 34-year-old is only contracted to the Potters for another year, meaning an exit door could open next summer, but even then he may be kept on.

A clause in his current deal gives Stoke the right to prolong his association with the club for a further 12 months, should they wish to do.

On his situation, Sorensen told B.T: "Stoke have the option in the contract to extend it for another year without asking me what I think about it.

"I've had a meeting with Stoke but nothing new is in place. The most important thing for me at the moment is to play, much more important than money at this stage of my career.

Solution

"The club need to decide what they are going to do with me next season.

"They know that I want to play but if the manager decides that he wants two strong goalkeepers, Stoke can just say 'you're staying here' and that will be that.

"Hopefully we can find a solution that suits everybody."

While keen to find out what the long-term future holds, for now Sorensen's focus is on an FA Cup semi-final showdown with Bolton on Sunday.

"The semi-final, for me, is only a step towards the final."

Thomas Sorensen

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The Potters will get the opportunity to turn out at Wembley in the last-four encounter, but know that seeing off the Trotters will only be half the job.

"The semi-final, for me, is only a step towards the final. That has to be the emphasis this week," said Sorensen.

"A lot is made of it, going to Wembley and all that, but, at the end of the day, the winners on Sunday don't get a trophy so that should be in our minds.

"It shouldn't be a day out. I'm going to do my best to be an experienced player and try to pass that on because it's not the end."

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