Stoke City chairman Peter Coates rejects Asmir Begovic, Manchester City reports

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 rejects reports that goalkeeper Asmir Begovic could be on his way to Manchester City in January.

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has insisted that he wants goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to remain at the club until the end of the season.

The 26-year-old has been linked with a £15m switch to Manchester City, which would include a reported loan move for Joe Hart to the Britannia Stadium.

"This latest story was certainly news to me and I suspect it is just a bit of speculation," The Sentinel quotes Coates as saying. "That's my guess, anyway, and we have certainly had no approach.

"It is important we keep him for the rest of the season. It is an important season and he is a key player. He certainly hasn't made any noises."

Begovic signed for Stoke in 2010.

Joe Hart of Manchester City sits on the bench during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Norwich City at Etihad Stadium on November 2, 2013
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