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Pulis slams 'disrespectful' Begovic after snub

Soccernet staff
August 25, 2010
Tony Pulis has fumed at Asmir Begovic © Getty Images

Stoke manager Tony Pulis accused Asmir Begovic of being ''disrespectful'' after the goalkeeper refused to play against Shrewsbury in the Carling Cup.

Instead Carlo Nash was between the posts as Stoke secured a 2-1 victory to progress to the third round.

Begovic has been linked with a move away from the Britannia Stadium and Pulis revealed: ''He said this morning he did not want to play. I find that very disappointing. We pay his wages and he has a responsibility to the club. We have a lot of supporters who idolise this club and love it.

''We have a management team and people around who have been here a long time. They respect the club and like it as much as the supporters do. To do what he has done is totally disrespectful.

''Obviously people have been blowing in his ear. That goes on. I will have a chat with him tomorrow.''

Asked if Begovic's actions would push the player closer to the exit door, Pulis responded: ''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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