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Spurs boss motivated by 'revenge' against Stoke

Mauricio Pochettino is confident Tottenham will this weekend exact revenge on Stoke after defeats home and away last season.

Spurs don't have a great record against Stoke. Credit: Reuters

During a topsy-turvy first season at the White Hart Lane helm, one of the undoubted troughs for the former Argentina international came in November's home clash with the Potters.

That 2-1 home defeat was Spurs' third loss in four league games and led pressure to mount on Pochettino - a sticky period he survived and moved on from, leading the club to the Capital One Cup final and a fifth-placed finish.

Stoke once again exposed the north Londoners' soft underbelly before the season was out, though, winning 3-0 in May, giving Pochettino even more motivation to triumph when the sides meet again on Saturday.

Pochettino said:

It's true the last two games that we played at White Hart Lane and the Britannia Stadium we lost, but it's a good opportunity to take our revenge.

It's a different season, we're happy with our performance - disappointed with the result - against Manchester United but I think the way we played, our performance was good.

We need to show on Saturday that we deserved more.

– Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino

Shaqiri reveals reason for joining Stoke

Shaqiri cost Stoke £12m from Inter Milan. Credit: PA

Stoke new boy Xherdan Shaqiri has revealed manager Mark Hughes was a major factor in his club record £12m switch from Inter Milan.

The 23-year-old Switzerland international put pen to paper on a five-year deal at the Britannia Stadium on Tuesday to hand Hughes a significant boost, and later admitted the Welshman was key to his decision.

Shaqiri told the club's official website, www.stokecityfc.com: "It is very important for me to have the coach behind me showing great belief in me, and Mark Hughes has done that.

"He's a great guy, a great coach and somebody that I'm excited to work for.

"We have had many conversations, spoke about lots of different things and in the end, this was the move that I really wanted to make.

"It is the perfect move for me. Everything about it fits and for me, it is the perfect decision.

"I really want to show him and the rest of staff, players and supporters great football on the pitch and hopefully help move the club forward."

Stoke captain Shawcross ruled out for two months

Shawcross will miss the start of the season for Stoke. Credit: PA

Defender Ryan Shawcross is to undergo back surgery and will be out for at least two months, Stoke have announced.

Shawcross was limited to barely an hour of pre-season action because of a recurring back problem, and Stoke's medical department have decided surgery is the only option.

The Potters captain has only missed 12 Premier League games in the past five seasons.

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Stoke sign Barcelona winger

Stoke have announced the signing of winger Moha El Ouriachi from Barcelona for an undisclosed fee.

El Ouriachi, who has represented Spain at youth level and has been called up by Morocco's Under-23 squad, could make his first appearance in the Potters' Asia Trophy game against Everton in Singapore on Wednesday.

The Barclays Premier League side have not announced the length of the 19-year-old's contract.

"Stoke City are pleased to confirm they have completed the signing of Moha El Ouriachi and he could make his first appearance for the Club in today's Barclays Asia Trophy tie," the club said in a statement on their official website.

"Moha turned down Barcelona's offer of a new contract in favour of a move to the Potters, where he links-up with ex-Barca players Bojan and Marc Muniesa."

Odemwingie extends Stoke contract by another year

Peter Odemwingie flashed a big thumbs-up and an even bigger smile as he signed a one year extension to his Stoke City contract.

The Nigerian forward once famously turned up at QPR's Loftus Road ground on deadline day, only to be told by his club at the time, West Brom, that he wasn't going anywhere.

Stoke are also reportedly in talks with former Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri after agreeing a £12m fee with Inter Milan for his signature.

Adam pens new Stoke deal

Midfielder Adam has extended his stay at Stoke. Credit: PA

Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam has announced he has signed a new contract.

The 29-year-old Scotland international, who penned a four-year deal when he joined the Potters from Liverpool in summer 2012, revealed the news on Twitter on Saturday lunchtime.

Adam posted: "Delighted to have signed a new contract with @stokecity."

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