Peter Coates wants Asmir Begovic stay

Asmir Begovic of Stoke City in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on August 17, 2013
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Stoke City chairman Peter Coates hopes that the Potters can keep goalkeeper Asmir Begovic this summer.

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates is hopeful that the Potters can retain the services of Bosnia-Herzegovina goalkeeper Asmir Begovic this summer.

The 27-year-old, who is widely regarded as one of the best stoppers in the Premier League, continues to be linked with a move away from Stoke this summer.

However, Coates is confident that the former Portsmouth goalkeeper will remain with the club.

"He's very much our player and nothing has happened recently to change that because we haven't had any inquiries for him," Coates told the Stoke Sentinel.

"My own preference is that he stays. He can stay forever as far as I'm concerned. He's clearly a top-class goalkeeper, but also a very good sportsman and a lovely man.

"I also think he himself is very settled here and genuinely enjoys being at this football club."

Begovic has two years remaining on his current deal.

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