Paul Lambert has warned Stoke's star players, including England goalkeeper Jack Butland, that they can't expect to be sold this summer.
Paul Lambert has issued a warning to Stoke players expecting to leave following the club’s relegation from the Premier League.
The end of Stoke’s 10-year stay in the top flight was confirmed by a defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend, raising the possibility that some of the club’s higher profile players will look to exit.
One of the individuals expected to attract attention is Jack Butland, and Lambert provided a stern response when quizzed over the England stopper’s future.
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“Lads are under contract,” Lambert said. It’s not as if you can just walk out here and throw your toys out the pram and think ‘I’m going to go.’ You might not be going anywhere.
“If the club keeps the core of the team and adds to it, adds guys that want to be here, the right type of player, the right type of mentality, the right character, then there’s a great chance this club will bounce straight back up.”
In the aftermath of Stoke’s relegation, Butland described the club’s recruitment process as “farcical”, with the comments increasing doubts over his happiness at the club.
Midfielder Charlie Adam made some similarly scathing comments later in the week, describing the squad’s performances as “embarrassing”.
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However, Lambert believes the pair’s comments had been somewhat misconstrued and insisted that there is no “blame culture” at the club.
“I’ve spoken to the lads as well,” Lambert said.
“I read the two full transcripts of it and there are some good things in there as well. The lads knew they were at fault themselves as well, it wasn’t just as if they threw everybody under the bus.
“The whole transcript should have come out and I think that’s the big thing.”