Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has stressed his desire to return to the Premier League, and has admitted it would be ‘ideal’ to do it with Bournemouth.

The Bosnian stopper has previously played for Portsmouth, Stoke City and Chelsea as well as the Cherries in the top flight, and was part of the Chelsea side to win the Premier League title in 2017.

He spent time out on loan at Qarabag and Milan last season, before returning to the Vitality Stadium following the Cherries’ relegation.

But asked how much he wanted to play back at the top level of English football, Begovic told the media: “Of course, a lot of desire.

“I feel I can still keep playing this game for quite a long time. I want to play at the highest level possible.

“It would be obviously ideal if I could do that with Bournemouth and make sure we get to the Premier League next year.”

The 33-year old has kept 15 clean sheets in 43 Championship games for the Cherries this term, and Begovic believes that the second tier is one of his toughest challenges with regards to competitiveness.

“This is unique,” he added. “Obviously I have played in the Championship before, I know what it’s like, the competitiveness of it is incredible.

“The level is high every single game and obviously the games are so bunched up, so there is never a break. You have to be so consistent to get out of this league and to get results.

“It’s a lot of fun to play in this league but it’s definitely, you can probably say, the toughest league in lots of ways.”

Despite a 1-0 defeat to Brentford on Saturday, Bournemouth saw their play-off place confirmed following Reading’s 2-2 draw with Swansea.

Jonathan Woodgate’s side, who had previously won their last seven league matches, will head into the end-of-season contest alongside Brentford, Swansea and Barnsley.

And the head coach admits he will have ‘big decisions’ to make ahead of the play-off campaign.

The Cherries face Wycombe and then Stoke to close out their regular season campaign before heading into the first leg of the play-off semi final on May 17.

Asked about resting key personnel ahead of the play-offs, Woodgate said: “I think the key now is you want momentum, but you also want to keep your best players fit.

“So there is a fine balance of how we train and how we play.

“It’s going to be interesting, we have got big decisions to make really, regarding the next few games.

“You want to win as many games as you can. I want to keep momentum but then I want players to be fit for the real crunch games.”

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