Stoke boss Hughes explains re-signing Pennant

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has explained retaining Jermaine Pennant.

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has explained retaining Jermaine Pennant.

Pennant will report for duty with the rest of the squad on Monday after Hughes made offering the winger a new contract the first major decision of his reign.

The manager said: "He was out of contract and on the list of players who weren't going to be retained.

"I looked at that and thought 'Would I be upset if I saw Jermaine Pennant in someone else's shirt?'

"The answer to that was a very clear 'yes'. It didn't make sense to me to allow him to leave the club.

"He has a real affinity with Stoke and the supporters and he loves playing in the shirt.

"He wanted to stay and I wanted to keep him so it was quite an easy decision."

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