Begovic denies going on strike

Potters boss Tony Pulis claimed that the Bosnian stopper refused to
play in last week’s Carling Cup tie against Shrewsbury as rumours
of interest from Barclays Premier League heavyweights Chelsea and
Manchester City gathered pace. Pulis signed Begovic from Portsmouth
last season in an attempt to provide Thomas Sorensen with
competition for the number one jersey at the Britannia Stadium. The
23-year-old has only made three starts for Stoke since though and
is frustrated at not being able to dislodge Sorensen as Pulis’
first choice. Stoke chairman Peter Coates revealed that the club
had rejected a bid from Chelsea for Begovic, but the former Pompey
goalkeeper denies that he tried to force through a move to the
Premier League champions by refusing to play. “I never refused to
play. I’d never do such a thing to turn down a chance to play a
first-team game,” Begovic told BBC Radio 5 Live. “I was aware that
there was a bid made and he (Pulis) said it was being considered.
“We spoke about it, it was a private conversation and for it to get
out publicly was a little bit disappointing. “I tried to see him
before the team meeting but he refused to see me and then he named
the team. “We spoke about the situation and as far as he was
concerned he understood the position I was in and he didn’t have
any problems with me not playing at the time and I thought that was
the end of the story but I would never go on strike. That’s an
absolutely disgraceful accusation for people to make.”