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.

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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