Stoke City have announced that goalkeeper Jack Butland will report for pre-season training today, and will start the Potters friendly against St Pauli tomorrow.
In a statement on the Stoke City website, Potters head coach Gary Rowett confirmed that the England goalkeeper, who spent this summer in Russia at the World Cup, will play in Stoke’s preseason friendly at the Millerntor-Stadion in Hamburg on Saturday.
Rowett stated: “Jack is back on Friday – we’ve given him as much time off as we think we can.
“He will travel with the team to Saint Pauli and he’ll start the game against them because we think we need to get him some minutes with the team.”
Butland has been linked with a number of moves away from the Bet365 Stadium throughout this summer transfer window, and his future remains in question.
Rowett continued: “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.”
Stoke City face a trip to Elland Road on the opening day of the 2018/19 Championship season.
Jack Butland back in training with Stoke City is almost giving false hope to the Potters faithful.
With intense interest from a number of big name clubs, the Englishman won’t be at the club at the end of this transfer window.
If somehow Stoke can keep hold of Butland, it will be a miracle for them, and might just give them the physical, and mental, boos they need going into the new season, and bounce back to the Premier League first time of asking.