Stoke City's Thomas Sorensen and Asmir Begovic sign new deals

Stoke City goalkeepers Thomas Sorensen and Asmir Begovic have both ended speculation about their futures by signing new long-term contracts.

Sorensen, 35, has agreed a two-and-a-half-year deal having recently won back the number one spot from Begovic.

But the Bosnian, 24, a substitute for the last five Premier League matches, has committed himself until 2016.

Danish star Sorensen tweeted  : "Signed a new contract this morning. Proud to be a Potter for another 2 1/2 years."

It's important to have good competition for places in all areas of the squad and nowhere is it better than [in goal].

Tony Pulis Stoke manager

He joined in 2008 on a free transfer after five years at Aston Villa. But his current contract had been due to expire in the summer of 2012.

Begovic was involved in a row with Potters boss Tony Pulis last season after being strongly linked with a move to Chelsea.

Pulis said: "It's fantastic news that we have settled the immediate futures of our two main goalkeepers.

"It's important to have good competition for places in all areas of the squad and nowhere is it better than there.

"In Asmir, I believe we have one of the best young goalkeepers in England who has shown his great potential since he came to the club.

"He certainly has a big part to play in our future as we look to continue the progress we have made.

TALE OF THE TWO KEEPERS

Sorensen Begovic

35

Age

24

Denmark

Nation

Bosnia

13

2011/12 games

16

12

2011/12 conceded

23

Aston Villa

Previous club

Portsmouth

Free

Fee

£3.25m

"It is also important to look after those who have got us where we are today, and Thomas has been a major influence upon what we have achieved.

"He has been an outstanding professional who has thrived upon the challenge now facing him. I am delighted to have secured his experience."

Sorensen was first choice at the Britannia Stadium until the early stages of last season when he lost his place to Begovic, a £3.25m signing from Portsmouth .

But following the Potters' 5-0 Premier League drubbing at Bolton in early November, Sorensen returned to the starting line-up, having previously being restricted to appearances in the Europa League and Carling Cup.

Stoke have won four of their five Premier League games since he displaced Begovic, rising to eighth in the table.