Stoke City have rejected a transfer demand made by Steven Nzonzi.

The club have no inclination to sell a player they only signed on a four-year contract from Blackburn for £3.5million last summer.

"Stoke can confirm the club has rejected a written transfer request from midfielder Steven Nzonzi," said a statement.

"Contrary to reports the French midfielder tabled his request earlier this week before the departure of Tony Pulis from the Britannia Stadium.

"The club intend to make no further comment on this matter."