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Stoke boss Lambert warns Chelsea off Crouch bid

Stoke City manager Paul Lambert is adamant he doesn't want to lose Peter Crouch.

Lambert has told Chelsea that Crouch is not for sale - but a deal for the striker could yet materialise.

"I've no intention of letting him go," Lambert said after seeing his new charges beat Huddersfield 2-0.

"Peter has a great work ethic, knows the game really well and is an absolutely fantastic professional, the way he conducts himself.

"His game hasn't changed since he was a young guy. He's never going to run in behind - that's not his game. But what he has got is an incredible presence and a lovely touch for a big guy. If there's a nicer person in football, I've yet to meet him."

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