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Ryan Shawcross tips Jack Butland to shine this season

Ryan Shawcross believes that Jack Butland can shine for Stoke City following Asmir Begovic's move to Chelsea.

Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross has claimed that Jack Butland will fill the void left by Asmir Begovic's move to Chelsea.

The Premier League champions spent a reported £8m to bring in Begovic as competition for first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, but Shawcross believes that the departure will create an opportunity for Butland to prove his worth.

"He made it pretty clear he wanted to go and I am happy for him to have this move," the central defender told reporters.

"But we have plenty of good goalkeepers - Jack is a future England number one - and we wish Asmir well and I am sure he will do well."

Stoke boss Mark Hughes also added Shay Given to his squad on a free transfer following his release from Aston Villa.


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