Butland wants regular role
Birmingham goalkeeper Jack Butland has insisted that his focus is on playing as many games at the highest level as he can.
Last Updated: 12/07/12 9:15am
Birmingham goalkeeper Jack Butland has insisted that his focus is on playing as many games at the highest level as he can, but he is not thinking of a move elsewhere at the current time.
Butland has shot to prominence over the past couple of months after being included in the England squad for Euro 2012 and then Stuart Pearce's Team GB party for the Olympics.
He is regarded as one of the best young goalkeepers in the country and has reportedly attracted the attention of several Premier League clubs, including newly-promoted Southampton.
The 19-year-old has not yet even made his senior debut for Birmingham, having spent last season on loan at Cheltenham, and his priority is to play regularly.
Butland admits it is nice to hear his name linked with a high-profile club, but he does not want to go to a club where he would be sitting on the bench and is targeting a first-team spot at St Andrew's.
"I want to play as many games at the highest level as I possibly can," he told the Daily Express.
"I should be pushing for a first-team place at Birmingham. That's what I want, not to be sitting on the bench. It is time I played now.
"I've had some great experiences with England at the European Championship and I can't wait for the Olympics to start.
"My name has been linked with some interested clubs and that's flattering. It's not an option for me now though, I need games."