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.”