Stoke chairman Coates: Hughes free to decide Nzonzi future

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates is urging midfielder Steven Nzonzi to stay. Nzonzi has handed in a transfer request, just as he did at Blackburn before joining Stoke last summer.

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates is urging midfielder Steven Nzonzi to stay.

Nzonzi has handed in a transfer request, just as he did at Blackburn before joining Stoke last summer.

Coates told The Sentinel: "Mark Hughes will decide on that situation, but he is our player and is under contract.

"There haven't been offers that I am aware of, but we wouldn't stand in his way if Real Madrid or a club of a similar standing came in for him.

"He has said he has designs to play at the highest level. He needs to play well to attract these clubs and I hope he does. He is a good player and the ball is in Mark Hughes's court."

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