Wednesday 16 January 2019

Hughes: No Eastern promise

Stoke City's Wilfried Bony
Stoke City's Wilfried Bony

Stoke boss Mark Hughes admits Wilfried Bony has a clause in his loan deal that allows Chinese Super League clubs to buy him in January, but he does not fear the Ivorian swapping The Potteries for Far East riches.

Bony, 27, is on a season-long contract from Hughes' old club Manchester City and has so far scored twice in 10 appearances.

The striker is bidding to rebuild his reputation in England after following a goal-laden spell at Swansea with a frustrating period at his parent club, though it has emerged that the option to further his career in China, where Graziano Pelle, Ramires and Demba Ba ply their trade, could be on the table in the new year.

Hughes expects his loanee to shun any lucrative offer from abroad.

"A lot of things have come to the fore to make that happen, not least that Wilf needs to want to go himself," Hughes said.

"I think he sees himself very much as a Premier League player."

Bony is expected to lead the line against Watford tomorrow, but Glenn Whelan remains a doubt with a calf problem.

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