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​Stoke chief Scholes: Butland worth more than Pickford

Stoke chief Tony Scholes believes that Potters goalkeeper Jack Butland is worth more than Jordan Pickford in the current market.

Pickford yesterday joined Everton from Sunderland in a deal believed to be around £30m, but Scholes argues that Butland is a more finished product than Pickford.

However, he has made it very clear that the England international remains a key part of Stoke ahead of the next season.

"Jack's a very special talent," said Scholes. "He's done extremely well for us and has done well for England.

"I think most people objectively would argue he's some way beyond Jordan Pickford, I think, but that's not what we are thinking about.

"We are thinking about what Jack can do for our football team and Jack is a key part of what we want to be next year.

"He's a player we missed last year, albeit Lee Grant came in and was magnificent and deservedly won the player-of-the-year award.

"But when you've got a player of Jack's quality you want him available for your team."

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