Martins Indi Returns To Stoke On Permanent Deal
It took a little longer than many expected, but Bruno Martins Indi was once again a Stoke City player by Friday evening.
Having been with us last season on a loan spell, the Dutch international has completed a permanent switch, signing a five year deal at the club following agreement on a fee of 7.7 million Euros with FC Porto.
Last term he made 35 league and cup appearances for us, scoring once.
Chief executive Tony Scholes told the Official Website.
'We are delighted to have secured a deal to bring Bruno to the Club in a permanent transfer and I know that Bruno feels the same. Bruno loved being with us last season and made no secret of his desire to move here permanently when his loan spell came to an end. We`ve had to be patient in our dealings with Porto but we`re really pleased with the outcome.'
Speaking himself after completing the formalities of the move, Martins Indi explained he was delighted to be back, but certainly it had been a long protracted move.
'I am feeling very good, I am happy to be back and ready to fight for my place. It`s been one year of negotiations but finally we are there now and all three parties are happy with the solution. I experienced the Premier League last season, and I understand it better now, so hopefully with the help of my teammates I will be a better player this season. Now though, I just want to get back out on the field, give 100 percent and help my teammates to achieve special things on the pitch.'
He becomes our fifth signing of the summer and with departures as well as arrivals, he went on to say it was just the nature of the game.
'Football is like that, some players will leave and others will come through the door - that is normal. We have some different players here now but we still have the same end goal, which is to be as successful as we can.'
Martins Indi will wear the same No 15 shirt as last season.