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Potters keeper aiming to retain place…

Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has warned team-mate Thomas Sorensen that he will be fighting to retain his place in the side next season.

The 22-year-old, who joined the club from Portsmouth in the January transfer window, played in the Potters’ final four games of the season after Sorensen picked up a shoulder injury against Chelsea.

Stoke ended their season with a 4-0 loss away to Manchester United which meant Tony Pulis’ side finished 11th in the Premier League table.

Begovic is keen to build on the experience he has gained in his first few games for Stoke and hopes to keep Sorensen out of the side next year.

He told the Stoke Sentinel: "We both want to play, so we will see what happens over during the summer off-season and what the situation is when we come back for pre-season.

"My intention, like every player's, is to play. There is no secret there. But these are things other people will decide. I want to play but, if not, I will battle for the spot."

Begovic came on as a substitute for Stoke in their 7-0 defeat to Chelsea in April and he admits making his debut at Stamford Bridge proved difficult.

He added: "It was very difficult at Chelsea. Sometimes during the week you get chance to at least do some work with the team and prepare yourself mentally.

"Even when you are on the bench, you try to do that, but when you are thrown in without having a warm-up, and it is all 300mph, you have to get your head switched on right away.

"It was an off-day for everyone and those results are hard to take. But they can happen, as we have seen with Wigan at Chelsea. Against big teams you have to be so solid as silly mistakes will get punished."

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