Butland explains choosing Stoke over Chelsea

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has explained turning down Chelsea in January.

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has explained turning down Chelsea in January.

Butland, now on-loan at Birmingham City, chose the Potters ahead of Chelsea during the winter transfer window.

Asked if it was a difficult decision to make, the goalkeeper said: "It was and it wasn't. Chelsea is a fantastic club, it would attract any player and it certainly attracted me.

"It is a fantastic place to play and they are the current Champions League winners. They are the European champions.

"But Stoke are a fantastic club for different reasons and somewhere I feel I can better develop my game at the minute. It is as simple as that.

"Chelsea didn't do anything wrong, I just didn't feel it was the right move for me and felt Stoke was.

"It was a very, very important decision to make about when and where to move. It took a lot of thinking and unfortunately Birmingham were in the position they were.

"I have been there for a long time, learned a lot there. I've had my spells in League Two and my taste of the Championship - but I feel that if I really want to push Joe Hart and the senior keepers for the senior spot that I need to be playing Premier League football.

"I feel capable of doing it and feel capable of doing it with Stoke. It is a very good set-up there."

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