'I need to play games' - Stoke goalkeeper Butland considers loan move

The England Under-21 international joined the Potters in January, though was loaned back to Birmingham, and will seek a temporary spell elsewhere if he cannot get game time
Jack Butland has admitted his development may be best served by leaving Stoke City on loan with first-team opportunities likely to be limited at the Britannia Stadium this season.

First-choice goalkeeper Asmir Begovic was named Man of the Match as the Potters slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Liverpool on Saturday, while Thomas Sorensen was selected on the bench ahead of Butland.

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The 20-year-old is happy to remain patient in his pursuit of regular top-flight football, but says he needs game time and would be willing to leave the club on a temporary basis in order to get it.

"It is difficult because I want to be playing," the England Under-21 international told Sky Sports News.

"But it's also been a realisation that I've got to picture myself and say, I'm 20, I'm not old, I'm a very, very young goalkeeper in terms of playing in the Premier League, even in the Championship.

"I've got to maybe say 'okay' and sit back and see what's going, but I need to continue playing games.

"If playing in the Premier League doesn't happen this year, then I will be fighting and giving everything I've got to be playing next year.

"We'll see what happens and if a loan move is the right thing to do, then that will happen.

"I just need to do the right thing for my development and my career, which is play games. We will see what is the best option and go from there."