Crouch to stay at Stoke

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has confirmed that he has no plans to sell striker Peter Crouch despite the arrival of new attacking talent, reports Sky Sports.

Hughes recently captured the signing of striker Mame Biram Diouf on a free transfer from Bundesliga outfit Hannover 96. The Senegal international boasted an extremely impressive strike rate during his time in Germany and is expected by many to be Hughes’ first choice to lead the line for the Potters this coming season.

With Stoke’s transfer business for the summer said to be not yet concluded, there had been thoughts that players such as Crouch might have to make way for incoming new blood, or risk finding their first team opportunities limited.

However, Hughes has made it clear that he still sees Crouch as a valuable asset after the former England international impressed in 2013/14, scoring 10 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions. Extolling the 6ft7in striker’s virtues, Hughes said: “[Crouch] was exceptional last season, did really well for me. He’s a great asset on and off the field so we don’t want Peter to leave. He’s got a big part to play.”

Crouch still has a year left to run on his current contract at the Britannia Stadium, and at 33 years old is closer to the end of his career than the beginning. He has enjoyed something of a nomadic existence, representing no fewer than eight clubs in his career, though it seems he will not be adding to that portfolio just yet.

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