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Butland eyeing Premier League
Published : 20 Dec 2012 09:55:00
Jack Butland thinks he can be a success in the Premier League and isn't fazed by the prospect of facing some of the biggest clubs in the world.
The 19-year-old Birmingham City goalkeeper has been widely tipped for a move in the January transfer window, with a number of top-flight sides poised to battle it out for his signature. The speculation follows Butland's impressive summer, when he appeared for Team GB in the Olympics, went to the European Championship with England and made his debuts for both club and country. Liverpool and Everton are understood to be among the teams keen on Butland, who says he would relish playing in the top flight.
"I have got confidence in my ability," he said.
"I would always back myself.
"I have been fortunate to play in quite a few big stadiums and I would like to think I have handled myself very well.
"I don't think the occasion would be a problem. I want to be playing at the top level for as long as I can in my career. And those summer experiences gave me an idea of what to expect and how I need to be at that level."
Despite being flattered by the interest in him, Butland insists he is in no rush to leave St Andrew's and would like to make his Premier League bow with Birmingham. With Lee Clark's side currently in 19th in Championship, they have a tough task to be there next season, but Butland is nevertheless happy just to be playing regularly and building his experience.
"I know everything won't come along at once," he added.
"I'm still 19 and learning my trade.
"I have a great chance here to play a lot of games and hopefully get this team in the top flight, which is my aim. The Blues are a very big club - one that belongs in the Premier League.
"It is about getting us back there this season, hopefully. We have a lot of players that have played in the Premier League and there are a few of the younger lads that really want to be part of the Premier League.
"It's a good mix and if we continue playing the way we are then we'll be up there."