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Striker Jonathan Walters to remain at Stoke

Jonathan Walters is to remain at Stoke after Tuesday's transfer window closed without him succeeding in securing his desired move away from the club.

Walters wants the club to offer him a longer contract. Credit: PA

Stoke's summer recruitment of Xherdan Shaqiri and Ibrahim Afellay, and the return to fitness of Bojan, has reduced his importance to manager Mark Hughes in attack.

And, with his contract due to expire next summer, Walters had hoped to move elsewhere in the Premier League.

The forward had even been granted leave from international duty by Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill in an attempt to resolve his future, but after reportedly handing in a transfer request amid interest from Norwich he will remain at the Britannia Stadium for the foreseeable future.

"Helicopter away for the year. Sorry LVG it's not happening," Walters tweeted, to which his team-mate Charlie Adam added: "Great news @JonWalters19 staying".

Hughes had previously said of Walters' future: "Jonathan wants a little bit more in terms of the lengths of a new contract, but we are hopeful we can come to an agreement.

"But if we don't, then we will probably keep him and let his contract run down."


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Stoke reject £1.5m Norwich bid for striker

Jonathan Walters is staying put. Credit: PA

Norwich have had a £1.5million bid for Stoke City striker Jonathan Walters turned down.

Walters has slipped down the Britannia Stadium pecking order in recent times and is currently behind Mame Biram Diouf, Joselu, Bojan and Peter Crouch in the squad.


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Bojan happy to be back for Stoke City

Bojan is back in action. Credit: PA

Stoke striker Bojan Krkic says his strength and confidence levels have returned following his first start in six months.

The Spaniard had been out of action since late January after picking up a serious knee injury during an FA Cup tie against Rochdale but he played over an hour of last weekend's Colonia Cup defeat to Porto.

I was happy to start and play over an hour, which was good for my fitness.

When you play, of course you want to win, but the most important thing about pre-season is improving your fitness.

I feel really good and every day I feel much stronger, more powerful and more confident and I am happy with that.

When you come back from a long time out, you need to play and take confidence and that is what I have achieved in the last two pre-season games.

– Bojan

Stoke to help Wilkinson recover from head injury

Andy Wilkinson was injured in an FA Cup tie. Credit: PA

Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson has signed a short-term deal with the club to enable him to recover from a serious head injury.

Wilkinson has not featured for the Potters since sustaining a bang on the head in the FA Cup defeat at Blackburn in February.

A brief club statement read: "Stoke City can confirm that Andy Wilkinson has been given a contract until December 31, 2015 to enable him to regain full fitness with the support of the club's medical staff after sustaining an injury last season."

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