Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern have had their dreams shattered today, after comments from one of their favoured targets ruling out a move to Merseyside.
Butland has been in exceptional form this season since taking the reigns as the club’s number one following Asmir Begovic’s move to Chelsea and links to Liverpool soon followed.
Whilst many at the pool table believe Butland moving to Liverpool would increase his chances of toppling Joe Hart as England’s number one, the goalkeeper has ruled out a move- though stating Champions League football is a target of his.
“It is obviously wonderful to be linked with a club with the history of Liverpool but anything beyond that is purely speculation and rumours. But at the minute, I can’t fault where I am. I am in a brilliant squad who are playing extremely well and things are looking bright for the club.”
“The Champions League has always been a target of mine. I do want to play at the top. But right now I can’t see any better place for me to be. I am learning every week and I am playing with some great players. I am really happy with the goalie coach and I’m learning a lot from the staff as well.”
“I believe that we can do some really good things at Stoke, so that is where my whole focus is at the minute.”
Liverpool fans are frustrated by this news but accept the player has made a mature decision and wish him the best of the future, though they’re not ruling out a swoop for the English stopper somewhere down the line.
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