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Stoke midfielder Nzonzi: Hughes wants me to gamble more

Stoke City midfielder Steven Nzonzi admits he's trying to do more with his passing game.

The 25-year-old Frenchman has defended his passing style by admitting he hates losing possession, but he says he is now fine-tuning his approach after being told to gamble more by boss Mark Hughes.

"I like to keep the ball and I pass it sideways because I don't like to lose it," he explained to the Stoke Sentinel. "If I do have the chance to pass it forward, I now know I have to do that more. The manager is telling me to take more risks. Everyone is telling me!

"I know I have to take more risks, but I just don't like losing the ball. I will start to take more risks, hopefully."

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