Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has refused to rule out a move to Manchester City after admitting he was close to a deal before the departure of Roberto Mancini.

Begovic, whose long clearance found its way into Southampton’s net during their match on Saturday, has previously been targeted by both Chelsea and Man City.

And the 26-year-old admits he was close to a move to the Etihad Stadium, but the sacking of boss Mancini after last season’s FA Cup final defeat to Wigan scuppered any potential deal.

‘As players we are the last to find out things, probably our agents and club officials find out first without talking to us, then at the latter stage of negotiations they will tell us,’ Begovic said.

‘As for Manchester City, when Mancini was on the bench, we were very close to an agreement.

‘The transfer was not realised due to several reasons, but the main one was the departure of the Italian manager.’

But despite the move falling through, Bosnian international Begovic admits he could still quit the Potters to challenge under-fire Joe Hart at Man City, but dismissed the idea of a January deal.

‘Could I still move to City? I really don’t know if negotiations between clubs are still ongoing,’ he added.