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Stoke eager to retain Crouch

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has revealed that he is planning to keep Peter Crouch at the club this summer.

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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