Date: 8th July 2013 at 1:00pm
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Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland wants to stay at Stoke next season and fight for his place.

There is increasing rumours coming out of the Britannia Stadium that the England under-21 international goalkeeper may be loaned out again this season with Spanish giants Real Sociedad leading the way for the 20-year-old stopper.

The former Birmingham goalkeeper, who was purchased by Stoke last January before being loaned back to Birmingham for the remainder of the season posted on Twitter his desire to stay in the Potteries this season and challenge for a starting place.

“My target and only aim is to challenge Asmir & Tom for the No.1 shirt, to learn from them, improve and get better!”

It is still unsure whether new Stoke manager Mark Hughes would prefer Butland to go out on loan next season to gain valuable first team experience.

Butland`s agent Gary Mellor has added fuel to the fire though as he has confirmed interest from Spain for the young goalkeeper.

Mellor told The Mirror: “When I was in Barcelona a couple of Spanish clubs wanted to talk to me about taking Jack.

“We have to weigh up all possibilities and I have to keep him playing. So if Asmir is still here on September 2, I`m hopeful that Jack isn`t. I don`t see him sitting on the bench at Stoke City.

“Stoke boss Mark Hughes might see that differently and that`s when Stoke and I do have issues. I have to keep Jack playing so his international ambitions are on track and he continues to develop.”