Crouch, Whelan pen new Stoke deals
Peter Crouch and Glenn Whelan have signed two-year contract extensions with Stoke, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.
Former England striker Crouch had been linked with a move away from the club with his existing deal due to expire in June, but is now committed to the club until 2017.
Crouch joined Stoke from Tottenham in 2011, while Whelan has been with the Potters since 2008, helping them win promotion to the Premier League later that year.
Keeping Crouch became even more important to Stoke after the news earlier this week that Bojan Krkic has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Manager Mark Hughes told the club's official website: "We've been talking to both players for a while and it's pleasing that both want to stay and be a part of what we are striving to achieve at the Club.
"They are both fantastic professionals who had contributed a great deal to Stoke City long before I joined the Club and have continued to do so. I'm delighted they are staying with us for at least another couple of years."
Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes added: "Players like Glenn and Peter are very much the backbone of our squad and we're delighted they have committed to spend at least another two years with the Club.
"They have both proved to be fantastic signings for Stoke City. The experience they bring to bear on the side, both on and off the pitch, cannot be under-estimated and they still have so much to offer."
Crouch - who became Stoke's record signing when he joined them for £10million from Tottenham, and turns 34 on Friday - believes he can help the Potters claim silverware in his remaining time with them.
He said: "We have achieved so much in the time I have been here - finishing in the top 10 (of the Premier League for the first time in Stoke's history) last year was huge for us and the squad we have right now is full of quality.
"I'm just so happy that we are doing well and now we want to keep moving forward and possibly lift a bit of silverware - which is achievable.
"I enjoy every minute of training and I also enjoy every minute I am on the pitch on matchdays too. I want to play a big part here in the coming years.
"I have two more years now to make an impact. I've not signed the contract to sit here and put my feet up, I'm here to help the team improve and to win things."
Stoke progressed to the FA Cup fifth round on Monday with a 4-1 win at Rochdale.