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England stopper explains reasons for Stoke extension

ButlandThe Stoke City fans who are gathered at the bar supping a few pints in The Transfer Tavern are discussing comments made by the goalkeeper.

The Telegraph is reporting that Jack Butland was convinces  by the club’s management that he would be able to fulfil his European ambitions with them rather than elsewhere.

Butland 23, knows that playing in Europe will enhance his long term hopes of representing England as the countries number one keeper, and with Stoke having an outside chance of making next season’s Europa League it was enough for him to sign on the dotted line.

Speaking about his future plans, Butland said:

“I want to be on that plane with England in the summer. And Stoke-wise we’re in a good position to do something. There are still quite a few games to go, some tough games to come, but we’re in a good position and hopefully we can make it.”

“Challenging for Europe is where we’re headed. That’s where the club’s spending the money to try and get us to. It’s brilliant to be part of a club that’s gone from being happy to get into the top-10 to now be trying to push for Europe.”

“That’s within our grasp so it’s down to us to see how we perform and we’ve certainly got the players to do it. We’ve seen what we can do this year and seen the teams we can beat. People will still probably write us off as a team that can do it but we’ve got the ability to do so so we’ll see what happens.”

The Stoke fans in The Tavern are delighted with Butland’s comments and admit they are dreaming of European football at the Brittania Stadium next season.

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