Thomas Sorensen is one of three Stoke City goalkeepers named in manager Mark Hughes’ 23-man squad for the Potters’ pre-season training camp and friendlies in Germany. Thomas is named alongside Daniel Bachmann and Jack Butland in the squad, which will participate in three friendlies over the course of their 12-day stay in Germany: v. Borussia Mönchengladbach on July 20th, v. TSV 1860 München on July 26th and v. FC Schalke 04 on July 29th. Fellow goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is expected to join up with the squad following the first of these fixtures, having been granted additional time away from training due to his involvement in the World Cup. The rest of the squad, including Sorensen, have arrived the Traunstein district of Germany and begun training today ahead of their first friendly on Sunday.
It has also been confirmed that Thomas will retain the number 29 shirt for Stoke City’s forthcoming season.
Stoke City have today announced their list of retained players following the completion of the 2013/14 Premier League season. The club have confirmed that new contracts have been offered to several players including Thomas Sorensen. Thomas has yet to decide whether or not he will accept the club’s offer.
“We had positive meetings with the club last week. They want to keep me here and we are having a look at it. Hopefully we can do something and I can stay for another year, but nothing is on paper. I don’t think [current Potters first choice Asmir Begovic’s] future will influence my decision. It will not be on the basis of him being here or not. I’ve got other considerations [beyond football] with my family and everyone else, so it’s not just solely a footballing decision. The environment here is also a big influence on the decision as well. I enjoy coming into training because it’s a good set-up and the people here I enjoy working with. It is always harder when you don’t play regularly because you get long periods of time to think about things. But the important thing is to know you can still perform if needed and I have felt good and felt sharp. I feel fit and there are no physical problems, so I definitely feel I can go on, and I want to keep playing for as long as I feel I can produce. I will know when it is time to stop. I would, of course, [consider concrete offers from elsewhere] but at the moment nothing has come in that fits the bill. I wouldn’t be interested in moving down the league, so that limits your options, but an experience abroad could be an option. That is something totally different because we have been here in England for so long.” - Thomas speaking to The Sentinel, May 8th 2014 [x]
Thomas’ current contract with the club expires this summer. He has been second choice to Asmir Begovic for much of the past season, however Begovic is widely tipped for a move away from the Potteries before the beginning of next season. Stoke also have England goalkeeper Jack Butland and Austrian U19s goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann in their ranks, however Thomas is the longest serving of Stoke’s current goalkeepers having been at the club since the their debut season in the Premier League in 2008/9.