Hughton - Butland here to stay

Stopper could extend his loan period at Cheltenham

Last Updated: 19/11/11 1:27pm

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Birmingham manager Chris Hughton has hit out at reports that promising goalkeeper Jack Butland could be up for grabs in the January transfer window.

Arsenal, Manchester City and Sunderland have all been linked with the 18-year-old who is currently on loan at Cheltenham until 11th December.

But the Blues boss has dismissed talk of the youngster leaving the Championship club and believes he has his heart set on becoming No.1 at St Andrew's.

"I would be surprised if there wasn't interest, or his name wasn't mentioned at times," he told the Birmingham Mail.

"This is an 18/19-year-old goalkeeper who is a real prospect, playing for England Under 21s.

"But he is also a lad who very much showed his intentions some weeks ago by signing a long-term contract here.

"We are delighted to have him, we're delighted to keep working on his development and all that Jack has on his mind is one day representing his club between the sticks and we very much look forward to that."

Hughton is unsure as to whether Butland will extend his loan period at the Cheltenham, adding: "We need to assess that one. From our point of view, any development he has will benefit us.

"Will he go out again? It depends on the circumstances and timing but our thoughts are all about his development."

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