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Asmir Begovic relieved to leave Portsmouth for Stoke

Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic
Begovic spent time on loan at Ipswich last season

Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has admitted that it was a relief to leave troubled club Portsmouth during the January transfer window.

The Bosnia international told BBC Radio Stoke: "The problems take over your life sometimes but you have to get on with it.

"To come here and be in a more stable position is exciting for me."

Begovic, 22, joined the Potters for £3.25m on 1 February, but has yet to make his first-team debut for the club.

Portsmouth avoided being wound up on Wednesday, but were given seven days to produce a full statement of their affairs and pay off a multi-million pound unpaid tax bill.

"You were worried all the time because there were different problems every day [at Portsmouth]," added Begovic.

"It's not nice to have to deal with that, so to come to a well-run club is definitely a relief for myself."

Begovic now faces a battle with Thomas Sorensen for the number one jersey at the Britannia Stadium, but said he is prepared for the challenge.

"Thomas is a fantastic goalkeeper and deservedly playing," said Begovic. "I've got to compete for a first-team spot, which is fine by me.

"I'm sure my time will come. I've got plenty of years here, hopefully I'll be here for many years and I can make an impression."

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