Stoke boss Hughes dismisses Bojan exit talk

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has dismissed speculation that forward Bojan Krkic could be in line for a move during the January transfer window, Sky Sports has reported.

The Spaniard only moved to the Britannia Stadium for £3m from Barcelona in the summer, but has shown impressive form for Stoke, scoring four goals in 17 appearances including the winner at Leicester City in the club’s last outing. As a result, Premier League rivals Liverpool have been linked with making a bid before the deadline on February 2.

But Hughes is adamant that the 24-year-old will not be going anywhere, and remains a key player for the Potters. “He’s done exceptionally well. We knew it would take a little bit of time for him to get to grips with the Premier League and he’s done that,” he said.

“He’s playing well. He’s a talented football player and I think he’s proving that in the Premier League. So he’s come here and really embraced what we’re doing and I think he’s enjoying the environment that we can give him. I think he’s very happy. We have no intention of encouraging any interest in him. He’s a big part of what we want to do, so it’s a non-story.”

Either side of two spells at Barcelona which yielded 41 goals in some 163 appearances, Bojan has had spells in Italy with Milan and Roma, as well as appearing 32 times for Ajax in the Netherlands.

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