Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has welcomed speculation linking him with Manchester United.
Butland has been linked with a move to Old Trafford as a potential replacement for David de Gea, who consistently attracts the attentions of Spanish and European champions, Real Madrid.
The England goalkeeper has insisted that he is glad that he is being linked with some of the worlds biggest teams, saying it proves that he is putting in some excellent performances.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Butland said:
“I guess I hope the speculation keeps coming as that means I’m playing well but none of that of matters anyway as we’re in the season.
“I’m happy where I am and just doing what I can do for Stoke. Whatever happens in the future is a long way away and it’s not part of my thought process right now.
“Hopefully I just keep doing well but it’s always nice to be linked with clubs.”
Butland was United’s nemesis last week as he helped earn the Potters a draw as Jose Mourinho saw his side drop the first points of the season. He also helped Mark Hughes’ side grab a valuable three points against Arsenal before the international break.