Mark Hughes ‘delighted’ after Bojan signs new deal at Stoke City

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Stoke City boss Mark Hughes had a “genuine feeling” that Stoke was the best place for Bojan following his contract renewal with the club.

Many rumours and negotiations had surrounded the offers for Bojan, but Hughes denied that there were any concrete bids.

The Potters boss said: “We never felt at any point that there was any danger of him leaving.

“It’s good news for everybody. We all feel that now he’s 25, he’s going to be moving into the best years of his career and we’re going to benefit from that.

“We gave them the significance they deserve which wasn’t much so no, we always knew we were in a good place.

“Obviously, when guys who have done well for me, re-contract and commit once again, then that’s a message for everybody.”

Hughes remains in high spirits and is “delighted” that Stoke City is a club that has a lot to offer.

He also praised goalkeeper Jack Butland’s form as one of England’s best goalkeepers.

“Jack’s had an outstanding season and continues to do well.

“Consistently over the season, he’s been one of the players that has been at the levels we expect from him more often than not.”

Stoke will be without skipper Ryan Shawcross for this weekend’s game against Bournemouth.

Hughes hopes he will be back after the season break.

“He’s not ready for this weekend, unfortunately. He’s progressing well, he’s done more work out on the field with the physios.

“Trying to increase the amount of mobility that he’s got so it’s a slow process, he’s getting there.”

Stoke take on Bournemouth on Saturday (February 13) with a 3pm kick off.

Watch Mark Hughes speaking at the press conference, below:

(Additional reporting by Mark Blackburn)

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