Asmir Begovic will travel to Chelsea to complete his move from Stoke City this weekend says Mark Hughes, but the Potters' manager has warned the goalkeeper will not be satisfied just sitting on the substitutes' bench.
On Friday 10 July, Stoke confirmed the signing of veteran shot stopper Shay Given and Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel on loan, moves that were expected to prompt Begovic's move to west London.
According to the Guardian, Chelsea will sign the Bosnian international for £8m to act as Thibaut Courtois's understudy at Stamford Bridge following Petr Cech's move to Arsenal.
But Hughes believes Begovic is joining the Premier League champions with every intention of displacing the Belgium international and becoming Jose Mourinho's new no. 1 choice in goal.
"As far as I'm aware Asmir will travel to Chelsea and that will be concluded," Hughes is quoted as saying by the Stoke Sentinel.
"People are assuming that he is going as a back-up but I know having worked with Asmir that he will back his own ability. He will think he can challenge Courtois and get game time else he wouldn't have gone there.
"He's a confident goalkeeper and a very accomplished goalkeeper. He will push whoever's number one very, very hard."
It had been suggested Stoke were only willing to listen to offers for Begovic once they secured cover for Jack Butland. But after Given signed a two-year deal at the Britannia, Hughes is satisfied with his options in goal.
"I know Shay and I know what he can offer. He's obviously a very good keeper in his own right," said the manager.
"Obviously we want good competition right across the goalkeeping group and we will certainly get that.
"Jack Butland is a young keeper of high promise that we've got lots of hopes for. He's going to be an exceptional goalkeeper in the future and Shay can help that I'm sure."