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Hughes has confidence in Butland
Published : 27 Sep 2013 18:46:54Rss feed
Stoke boss Mark Hughes is convinced goalkeeper Jack Butland has what it takes to reach the top despite shipping him off on loan to Sky Bet Championship strugglers Barnsley.
Butland has failed to figure at the Britannia Stadium this season and Hughes believes the 20-year-old's development will be better served by a three-month spell of guaranteed first-team action.
Hughes said: "It was always our intention to get Jack Butland out on loan.
"It was vitally important to get him out to allow him to continue his development. He is an outstanding young talent and someone we have incredibly high hopes for.
"We will keep a close eye on him and he will come here on certain days to maintain the work he has been doing with us.
"It is a good move for him and he will learn a lot from it. He has the potential to be the next England keeper."
Asmir Begovic will keep his place in goal for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Norwich with Hughes giving short shrift to Spanish media reports that he is wanted by Atletico Madrid and Napoli.
Hughes added: "It doesn't surprise me to see Asmir Begovic's name linked with other clubs because he is an outstanding goalkeeper. I don't know how much of it is just speculation though."
Hughes was delighted with the way his side bounced back from last week's disappointing defeat at Arsenal with a midweek Capital One Cup win at Tranmere.
And he believes victory over the struggling Canaries will constitute a fine start to the season for his side who were widely tipped to struggle this season following the departure of Tony Pulis.
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