Chelsea transfer news: Jack Butland move dismissed by Stoke boss Gary Rowett

Butland was part of the England squad which reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia

Saturday 28 July 2018 12:35
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Gary Rowett has dismissed speculation linking England goalkeeper Jack Butland with a summer move.

Butland reported for pre-season training on Friday after being given extended leave by Stoke city this summer.

Butland was part of the England squad which reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia and has been heavily linked with Chelsea this summer.

But Rowett said: "I don't believe any rumours if I'm honest. I understand the good players are going to be linked with good clubs which is great, I get that.

"That shows the level of player we've got at this club. It shows the level Jack Butland is at as a young keeper and that those clubs might potentially look at him."

Stoke's 10-year stay in the Premier League came to an end in May and the Potters start their Sky Bet Championship campaign at Leeds on August 5.

And Rowett also confirmed that Butland will play in the Potters' final pre-season game against St Pauli in Hamburg on Saturday.

Rowett said: "We've given him as much time off as we think we can.

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