Stoke sign England goalkeeper

Stoke City have snapped up England U17 goalkeeper Joe Bursik, much to the disappointment of AFC Wimbledon boss Neil Ardley.

As he is just 16-years-old, the talented stopper will join the Premier League club on a youth contract.

An England U17 international, who was in goal when they reached the final of the European U17 Championship in May, Bursik had yet to feature for the Dons senior side.

Speaking about the move, Ardley said: "Sometimes these decisions are not just down to me and you have to look at what is best for the player and the club.

"Unfortunately, we have lost Joe, but he goes with our best wishes for the future.

"We must give Bayzo [goalkeeping coach Ashley Bayes] credit for helping to bring Joe through.

"With Will Mannion also playing for England, we are proud to have had two young goalkeepers representing our country, and Bayzo has played a big part in developing both of them."

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