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Stoke City Hope For Steven N’Zonzi Stay

Potters won’t stand in players way should offers come in.

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Stoke City are hoping to keep hold of midfielder Steven N’Zonzi this summer but have admitted that they won’t stand in his way should an offer from a ‘top club’ come in, Sky Sports reports.

The 24-year-old handed in a transfer request at the club recently in a bid to play at the highest level – a move he performed whilst at Blackburn Rovers following their relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2011/12 season.

N’Zonzi put in a string of impressive performances in 2013/14, earning him the clubs’ Young Player of the Year award.

Reports suggest that there are a number of clubs looking into the possibility of landing his signature, but Stoke are under no pressure to sell and chairman Peter Coates has said he will be leaving the situation to new manager Mark Hughes.

“Mark Hughes will decide on that situation, but he is our player and is under contract,” Coates said.

“There haven’t been offers that I am aware of, but we wouldn’t stand in his way if Real Madrid or a club of a similar standing came in for him.

“He has said he has designs to play at the highest level. He needs to play well to attract these clubs and I hope he does. He is a good player and the ball is in Mark Hughes’ court.”

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