Butland focused on Blues

Keeper taking little notice of speculation about his future

Jack Butland: Teenage goalkeeper is focused on his Birmingham career after failed Southampton bid

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Jack Butland says talk about a summer move away from Birmingham City is 'irrelevant' as he tries to become the No.1 goalkeeper at St Andrew's.

The 19-year-old has already been the subject of a failed £6million bid from Premier League new boys Southampton after being part of England's Euro 2012 squad.

He is still to make a first-team appearance for Birmingham, but has been linked with several top-flight clubs after impressing on loan at Cheltenham Town last season.

However, following Ben Foster's permanent move to West Bromwich Albion, Butland is keen to focus on the battle with Colin Doyle to become first choice at Birmingham.

"I have learned in football that you can't trust anyone and if you listen to what everyone says, more often than not it doesn't happen."

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"It's all talk," Butland told the Birmingham Mail. "My intention hasn't changed and that's to try and be the No.1 at Birmingham. I don't see why that has altered.

"I have learned in football that you can't trust anyone and if you listen to what everyone says, more often than not it doesn't happen.

"So when I'm told 'so-and-so are interested' or 'such-and-such have done this' I don't get caught up in it all.

"There's been quite a bit of that this last season because a lot of clubs came to watch my games when I was on loan at Cheltenham Town.

"But I can't take any notice of it at the moment. It's irrelevant.

"I am aiming for the top, I want to go as far as I can. I'm confident about playing on the big stage. That's never changed either and I'm hoping to take the right steps towards that."