The Potters are aware that Jack Butland deserves to play in the Premier League but aren’t going to entertain offers that don’t meet their valuation.
Jack Butland is perhaps one of the finest goalkeepers England has. Sadly though, his ability cannot be seen on a regular basis given that he is plying his trade in the lower divisions of English football.
Reportedly, Aston Villa are keen on signing Jack Butland following their promotion to the Premier League. The Villans have invested heavily in new players this summer and are keen on having a stable option between the sticks next season.
Dean Smith is reportedly a huge fan of Jack Butland and sees him as an upgrade to the likes of Orjan Nyland, Lovre Kalinic and Jad Steer.
Stoke however, aren’t really interested in selling their star man.
Nathan Jones, the club’s new manager, admits that Butland will have a better chance of playing for England if he’s back in the Premier League. However, the Englishman admits that the Potters are in a position where they can retain their best players.
“We don’t want Jack to go. Jack’s a Premier League goalkeeper, no two ways about it,” said Jones according to the Daily Star.
“We would like to get back there as soon as possible so we could give him that platform, but if there is any suitor for Jack Butland, then they have to pay the value.
“This is not a club that is desperate to sell or needs to sell. This is a club that has the utmost ambition to get back to where it’s been for 10 of the last 11 years.
“If anyone would like Jack Butland, then there’s a value on him. Jack knows that, we know that, clubs know that.
“There’s been a lot of speculation, which is not good for the player or the club, so if anyone is going to, then come and do it.
“If not, then move on so we can settle down.
“I’ve spoke to Jack, I have a good relationship with him, and he’s an outstanding professional. Nothing has changed.”