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Butland not distracted by Liverpool move talk

ESPN staff
July 9, 2012 « Rain washes out 2nd day between Sri Lanka & Pakistan | Chartbeat test »

Jack Butland has described talk of a move to Liverpool as rumours, with the keeper insisting he is focused on securing a regular start at Birmingham.

The teenager was a surprise inclusion in the England squad for Euro 2012, as his only first-team action had been in loan spells at Cheltenham Town. He is set for more tournament experience at the upcoming Olympics in London, which is likely to raise his profile.

Despite having not yet made a first-team appearance for Birmingham, Butland is attracting attention with Southampton having had a bid turned down and Tottenham also strongly linked.

Liverpool are also said to be keeping tabs on Butland's situation, but the keeper has not had his head turned and is looking to prove himself at St Andrew's.

"I have spoken to the manager (Lee Clark) and his intentions are for me to stay," Butland told Sky Sports News when asked if he had been distracted by talk of a move to Liverpool. "I want to play games and hopefully I will get the opportunity to do that at Birmingham.

"Anything else at the minute that is circulating is just rumours. My target is to play games. If that becomes an option that I need to do elsewhere I will consider that but, at the moment, I am at the right place."

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