Stoke keeper Butland: Chelsea England players understand my choice
Butland is yet to join up properly with Tony Pulis's side, as he is loaned back to Birmingham City for the rest of the season.
Butland explained: "I had a bit of an awkward situation as a couple of the Chelsea players were asking me what the situation was.
"They were completely understanding with what I said, and that was that Chelsea are a fantastic club and I would have loved to have said 'yes' to them but I didn't feel they could guarantee me first-team football as early as I would like.
"I didn't feel it was the right move now so I simply said it wasn't for me, thank you, and maybe we can do something in the future."