Mark Hughes: 'Asmir Begovic is one of the top goalkeepers in Europe'

Hughes: 'Begovic is one of the top keepers in Europe'
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Stoke City boss Mark Hughes hails Asmir Begovic as one of the best goalkeepers in Europe and says that he hopes to continue working with the Bosnian for "many, many seasons".

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has hailed Asmir Begovic as one of the best goalkeepers in Europe.

Begovic has been linked with interest from Arsenal and Manchester United, but Hughes is desperate to keep the Bosnia-Herzegovina international at the Britannia Stadium for as long as possible.

Speaking after Begovic kept his third top-flight clean sheet of the season in Saturday's 0-0 draw with West Brom, Hughes told reporters: "We've got one of the top keepers in Europe.

"When he goes to the World Cup, he might prove he's one of the best in the world. I'd like to work with Asmir for many, many seasons because I think he's that good.

"He's had a great week - qualifying for the World Cup and putting in an outstanding performance for us."

Hughes, who has made 101 Premier League appearances for Stoke, has 32 months remaining on his current contract.

Andy Wilkinson of Stoke City and Saido Berahino of West Brom battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and West Brom on October 19, 2013
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