Begovic ‘flattered’ by Blues talk

The Bosnian international, who is likely to make his season debut
against Shrewsbury in Carling Cup action on Tuesday, was reportedly
the subject of a Blues enquiry this summer as they seek back-up for
Petr Cech. But City manager Tony Pulis has since ruled out a
transfer, and while pleased to have caught the attention of the
Premier League champions, Begovic insists his primary focus is on
life at the Britannia Stadium. “Obviously I’m aware that the gaffer
said there was an inquiry, but nothing is happening,” Begovic told
This Is Staffordshire. “If someone wants to take me and they accept
a bid, that’s a different story, but in the meantime I just have to
get on with my job. “This kind of thing is just part and parcel of
the job. Maybe there is people talking and stories being written,
but at the end of the day you come to work and do your job. “On the
other side, it is brilliant and I’m really flattered. Who wouldn’t
be if they were mentioned in connection with a great club like
Chelsea?” Begovic, who joined Stoke from Portsmouth in January for
£2.25million, has lost out on game time to Thomas Sorensen so
far this season. But despite his frustration, the shot-stopper is
determined to work hard to earn a regular spot in the team, and is
looking forward to a run-out on Tuesday night. “Of course I was
very disappointed because everybody wants to play,” he added. “All
I can do is impress in training and in matches like this if I play.
“It would be nice to play in the cup because you don’t want to let
it be too long without a game.” Stoke suffered defeat in their
opening two Premier League matches against Wolves and Spurs, but
Begovic is confident the squad can overcome League Two opponents
Shrewsbury, whichever line-up Pulis chooses to field. “Even if you
rotate the squad, we still have a good team, and that’s a good sign
of progress at the club,” he said. “It’s a competition we take
seriously, especially with Wembley and possible qualification for
Europe at the end of it. But we must take it one step at a time.”