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Potters will fight off bids for Butland


IN DEMAND: Jack Butland

IN DEMAND: Jack Butland

IN DEMAND: Jack Butland

Stoke manager Gary Rowett has dismissed speculation linking Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland with a summer move.

Butland reported for pre-season training yesterday after being given extended leave by the Potters this summer.

He was part of the England squad which reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia and has been heavily linked with Chelsea this summer.

But Rowett told Stoke's official website: "I don't believe any rumours if I'm honest. I understand the good players are going to be linked with good clubs which is great, I get that.

"That shows the level of player we've got at this club. It shows the level Jack Butland is at as a young keeper and that those clubs might potentially look at him."