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Stoke boss Hughes reveals Bojan has no buy-out clause in contract

By Robert Jones

Published 05/01/2016

Wanted man: Bojan was rumoured to have a £10m buy-out clause in his Stoke contract but that has been dismissed
Wanted man: Bojan was rumoured to have a £10m buy-out clause in his Stoke contract but that has been dismissed

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has dismissed talk of Bojan having a buy-out clause in his contract and stressed the playmaker is not about to leave.

It has been reported that the Potters are in danger of losing Bojan during this transfer window due to a release clause of just £10m, but when asked about that ahead of tonight's Capital One Cup semi-final first leg home clash with Liverpool, Hughes said: "There's no clause.

"There's no intention or desire from us as a club (for the player to be sold) or from Bojan or his people from the conversations I've had - he's very happy and we are very happy with him.

"I think it's just a normal January story. It's just a little bit of mischief making I think.

"Obviously there is a lot of speculation and I think every club gets that. That is what we are getting at the moment, but there's a lot of misinformation."

Marko Arnautovic, who along with Spaniard Bojan and Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri has formed a potent front three for Stoke this season, has also been linked with a move away, with Paris St Germain the reported interested party, but Hughes played that down as well, saying: "Take these stories with a pinch of salt. Where they originate from nobody really knows.

"Whether it's people trying to create a market, or it's people close to the players, I don't know. I'm sure Marko himself doesn't know anything of any interest."

Hughes also said talks over a new deal were continuing with Austria international Arnautovic, who has 18 months left on his current deal.

Stoke head into tonight's match on the back of a defeat having lost 2-1 at West Brom on Saturday, but that was only the fourth reverse in their last 15 Premier League games.

They have also emerged triumphant from five of their last six home games in all competitions, including a victory on penalties over Chelsea in the Capital One Cup fourth round and wins in the league against Manchester City and Manchester United.

This is Stoke's first League Cup semi-final appearance since 1971-72, the season in which they claimed what is the only piece of major silverware in their history by winning the trophy.

And Hughes added: "It is a game of significance for us, and these are the games we want to be involved in, in the future as well - hopefully it is the first of many. The anticipation of the game is something we are working with and enjoying."

Stoke will have midfielder Geoff Cameron available after his red card was rescinded.

Cameron was facing a three-match ban having been sent off for violent conduct by referee Lee Mason after pushing Claudio Yacob in the back of the neck at the Hawthorns.

The Potters appealed the ban and a subsequent statement from the Football Association said: "Geoff Cameron has had his three-match suspension withdrawn with immediate effect."

Belfast Telegraph

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