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Stoke warn Chelsea that Asmir Begovic is not for sale as keeper denies he went on strike

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26 Aug 2010 07:36:55

Stoke warn Chelsea that Asmir Begovic is not for sale as keeper denies he went on strike

Denial: Stoke's Begovic say he never refused to play Stoke chairman Peter Coates is determined to keep goalkeeper Asmir Begovic out of the clutches of Chelsea. Begovic is facing disciplinary action after missing the Carling Cup victory against Shrewsbury on Tuesday. Manager Tony Pulis claimed the Bosnian goalkeeper had refused to play but Begovic says it was down to a misunderstanding. 'This is an internal matter - and we will decide on what action to take,' Coates told Sky Sports News. 'Asmir Begovic remains our player. 'He is regarded as one of the best young goalkeepers in the Premier League and we are not interested in any new offers from Chelsea. 'We are not interested in what Chelsea do and we have already rejected an offer, from them, for Begovic. We wouldn't welcome another bid from Chelsea and, as far as I am aware, we have not received a new offer from Chelsea for him.' Begovic is apparently distraught at suggestions he failed to turn up for work. Carlo Nash was between the posts with No.1 Thomas Sorensen on the bench. PFA deputy chief executive Bobby Barnes told Sky Sports News: 'The PFA would not condone a player refusing to play for his club. 'But Asmir was at great pains to make it clear to me and the wider public that at no stage had he actually said that he refused to play for the club. 'It's common knowledge now that there has been a bid received. From Asmir's point of view he says that he had a conversation with the manager in which he was asked whether he was 100 per cent fit and ready to play. 'Asmir's take is that he had indicated that his mind was a little bit scrambled by things and that probably if there was an alternative it would be best if he didn't play. 'But he says at no stage did he say that he wouldn't play, and had he been asked to play he would have done so.'  Stoke beat West Brom to sign Wilson after offering £3m and Kitson for Pompey skipper Asmir Begovic set for showdown talks with Tony Pulis after going on strike at Stoke in bid to force Chelsea move STOKE FC


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