Stoke manager Mark Hughes denies Real Madrid have been in contact over Asmir Begovic [Video]

We all know the one about whether or not Messi could do it on a wet and windy Tuesday in Stoke, but could a Stoke player do it on a humid and balmy Sunday afternoon in Spain?

That’s the real question, and we may soon have an answer, with Real Madrid reportedly interested in Stoke on Trent’s keeper Asmir Begovic.

One of the league’s best keepers, it’s pretty incredible Stoke have managed to hold on to him for so long.

Amid speculation that Real Madrid have come in for him, though, Stoke boss Mark Hughes refuted this, saying no contact has been made.

As for Begovic’s future, Hughes said:

Who knows?

We are very fortunate that he is here and contracted to us. In that regard we have a position of strength.

But he is an ambitious player and I’m sure he wants at some point to test himself at the highest level possible, in the Champions League.”