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Butland Rejects Chelsea Transfer

Chelsea’s attempt to stockpile goalkeeping talent has failed, after England international Jack Butland rejected a move to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues made a bid for the Birmingham star, after the cash-strapped club put their entire roster up for sale in the January transfer window.

The Blues offered £3.5million for the 19-year-old, who recently became England’s youngest ever Three Lions shot-stopper.

Much is expected from Butland, and Chelsea hoped to add him to their rank of ‘keepers, which already includes Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois, who is on loan at Atletico Madrid.

But according to his agent Gary Mellor, Butland has opted to spurn Chelsea’s offer, because he would rather experience regular game time than sit on the bench at Stamford Bridge.

"Jack's enjoying playing for Birmingham and he is gaining valuable experience,” the agent said.

“He will listen to what any club that meets Birmingham's asking price has to say, but playing is of paramount importance for Jack."  

English football is littered with hyped players who moved to big clubs before they were ready for money and fame, only to fester on the fringes of the first-team.

And so Butland's decision could well stand him in good stead for the rest of his career as a professional footballer. 


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