Bardsley Hopeful On New Deal
Phil Bardsley will reach the conclusion of his Stoke contract at the end of the season but the former Manchester United and Sunderland full back remains hopeful of being offered a new deal.
As things stand Bardsley looks to be heading out of the bet365 Stadium as he's struggled for regular involvement as a starter under Mark Hughes this season, started just 15 games.
Bardsley said he's held 'brief chats' about a deal but 'nothing concrete' was proposed to him. He was quoted by the BBC:
'The club is going in the right direction and I want to be part of that.'
Should he fail to secure the contract extension he's hopeful of getting Bardsley, 31, went on to say it would be a case of it wasn't to be and he would 'move on' - he wouldn't really have an option, what with no deal and all that.
Adding: 'It is the club's hands. I want to stay. But if it is not meant to be, it is not meant to be and you move on. We'll see.'
He's likely to be nothing more than a squad player so Hughes will perhaps decide his exit would free up a space for someone else, who would be more likely to push for a regular place?
Another player who is scheduled to return to the bet365 Stadium, when his Mainz loan concludes, is Bojan Krkic - he was this week linked with a return to La Liga at Espanyol. But, in a couple of tweets, the Spaniard, 26, insisted he hadn't 'offered' himself to other clubs.
I want to clarify that, contrary to reports in some of the press, I haven't offered myself to any clubs, including RCD Espanyol. 1/2— Bojan Krkic (@BoKrkic) 11 April 2017
Bojan, who hasn't scored in his seven Bundesliga appearance for Mainz, went on to point to the fact he's still under contract with Stoke. Stating his immediate objective is on finishing the season strongly at his loan club.
I'm under contract at Stoke City and right now I am just focused on helping Mainz and continuing to work hard until my loan is up. 2/2— Bojan Krkic (@BoKrkic) 11 April 2017