Stoke boss Hughes hints at new Crouch contract

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has refused to rule out the possibility of handing striker Peter Crouch a new contract at the Britannia Stadium, the Stoke Sentinel has reported.

Crouch has been heavily linked with a move away from Stoke over recent months, with Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp in particular said to be keen on a move for the former England man.

He produced a strong performance for Stoke at Loftus Road on Saturday, scoring the second of their goals in the 2-2 draw. There have been rumours that Hughes was willing to let Crouch go, but the Welshman now appears open to the idea of rewarding him with a new contract, with his current deal set to run out at the end of the season.

“We’ve had conversations about that (a new contract),’ said Hughes. ‘Peter knows how much value I place on him, not only on the field, but also off it. Everybody enjoys his personality and his company, so that’s something we are mindful of and you don’t allow that to leave your club lightly.

“It (a new contract) is not something we have gone into in depth, but Peter knows how much we value him.”

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