Date: 1st August 2018 at 8:03am
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There’s been plenty of fall out since Stoke City ultimately learned their fate from the 2017/18 campaign – Premier League relegation and at best, one season back in the Championship.

With departures needed from a financial perspective and understood by all parties, not least Xherdan Shaqiri’s not quite as sharp an exit as he would’ve hoped as he returned to the tier above, there has also been plenty of speculation the last couple of months about goalkeeper Jack Butland.

The 25-year-old England stopper has been linked with numerous big-money moves away this transfer window and Chelsea speculation was the latest to feature on the rumour mill as we’ve previously covered.

Speaking to Sky Sports manager Gary Rowett has repeated he’s relaxed about the situation as the player isn’t angling for a move and we’ve had no serious offers yet.

He also believes his England stock won’t suffer from remaining at the club.

“I expect him to stay, I hope he stays. I’m also pragmatic enough to know it’s football and anything can happen in the last few days of the window.”

Rowett goes on to say that he’s ‘realistic’ and he knows Butland will have suitors with as things stand he’s going nowhere, no one has indicated they will meet our valuation of him and being under contract, our No 1 is not making ‘moves’ to imply he wants a transfer above all else.

It will still be a choppy deadline day you would imagine, but it would certainly take a price then given we wouldn’t likely be able to bring in further cover that late in the day.


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