"He said this morning he did not want to play," Pulis revealed after the match. "I find that very disappointing. We pay his wages and he has a responsibility to the club."
But the player insists that he did not go as far as to refuse to play.
"I never went on strike. I would never do that. I think that is an absolutely disgraceful accusation by people," said Begovic
"I spoke with the manager in private because I thought that was the respectful thing to do.
"I did not want to do the cowardly thing and feign an injury or illness."
When asked if Begovic's actions would push the keeper closer to an exit from the Britannia Stadium outfit, Pulis replied: "With our chairman [Peter Coates] it is less likely. I do not think Peter will be pushed around.
"We won't be giving him [Begovic] away and doing a deal because of what he has done.
"There has been interest from one or two clubs but nowhere near our valuation. We think he is a good goalkeeper and we want good players."
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