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Thomas Sorensen welcomes Stoke new boy Asmir Begovic

Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic
Bosnia international Begovic has signed a contract with Stoke until 2014

Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen says he will feel some extra pressure for his place following the arrival of Asmir Begovic at the Britannia Stadium.

Begovic, 22, signed from Portsmouth for £3.25m on Monday and will compete with Sorensen for the number one spot.

"The manager wanted to strengthen that position, it's good for competition but my agenda doesn't change," the Denmark international told BBC Radio Stoke.

"There will be a bit more pressure on but I can cope with that."

Sorensen, 33, is hoping that he can use his experience to develop the Bosnian into a top-class goalkeeper.

"He's one more for the future than I am," he added. "I can hopefully play for three or four more years but he's got a long career ahead of him."

Begovic, who has agreed a long-term contract at the Britannia Stadium, has also been tipped for a bright future by Stoke coach Mark O'Connor, who worked with him during his time as a youth team coach at Fratton Park.

"We've paid a decent amount of money for him because we think he's an outstanding prospect," O'Connor told BBC Radio Stoke.

"When he gets to the end of that four-and-a-half year contract, we might be seeing somebody who's top drawer."

Stoke failed with a bid to sign fellow Portsmouth goalkeeper David James on loan earlier in the January transfer window, before finally capturing Begovic minutes before the deadline.

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