Stoke signing Butland: It will be tough to leave Birmingham

Stoke City signing Jack Butland says it will be a wrench to leave Birmingham City in the summer. Butland, 20, will be sad to leave St Andrew's after coming through the ranks with the Blues.

Stoke City signing Jack Butland says it will be a wrench to leave Birmingham City in the summer.

Butland, 20, will be sad to leave St Andrew's after coming through the ranks with the Blues.

"It was a very, very important decision to make about when and where to move," he said. "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 then 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.

"The goalie coach is very good and I am very pleased I've made that move and at this time. I am really at ease with the decision and really looking forward to it."

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