Stoke eager to retain Crouch
The 33-year old striker has been linked with a possible Britannia Stadium exit following the arrival of Mame Biram Diouf from Hannover but Hughes has made it clear that the former England international is a required Potters player.
"Peter did very well last year," Hughes told Sky Sports News.
"Obviously people picked up on something I said a couple of weeks back about some players arriving so some players will feel that they have to leave.
"Peter isn't one of those I hope because he was exceptional last season, did really well for me. He's a great asset on and off the field so we don't want Peter to leave. He's got a big part to play."
Crouch joined Stoke from Tottenham in 2011 and has since scored 31 goals in 116 appearances for the Staffordshire club.
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