Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland edges closer to a move to Chelsea as Thibaut Courtois misses training again, according to The Sun.

Stoke City look set to lose England international goalkeeper Jack Butland to Chelsea if Thibaut Courtois leaves for Spanish giants Real Madrid after missing training two days in a row.

Jack Butland started in net for Stoke City on Sunday in their 3-1 defeat to Leeds United at Elland Road, but will Adam Federici replace Jack Butland as number one?

Adam Federici brings a wealth of experience in the top two tiers of English football to the bet365 Stadium and could be the alternative option for Gary Rowett as he eyes up a promotion back to the Premiership.

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About Jack Butland –

He began his career at Birmingham City, and enjoyed loan spells with Barnsley, Leeds United and Derby County, and then Asmir Begovic’s departure from the bet365 Stadium in the summer of 2015 allow Jack Butland to take the number one spot at Stoke City.

He managed to repay the faith shown in him by producing a quite spectacular start to life in the Premier League, before seeing his campaign abruptly ended in March by injury.

It was a heart-breaking blow for the talented goalkeeper, who looked a cert for Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2016, with many even tipping him to wrestle the Three Lions starting spot from Joe Hart.

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In the 2015/16 season, Butland picked up the Club’s Player and Players’ Player of the Season award for his excellent performances.

He is regarded by many as the finest young goalkeeper in the English game.