A controversial topic of conversation has arose amongst Stoke City fans in the Transfer Tavern this morning after reading reports that Mark Hughes is keen to maintain the services of their rebellious forward.
According to reports from the Express, Hughes wishes to amend a fallout over contract talks with striker Jonathan Walters after the club refused to provide the frontman with satisfactory conditions.
Initial reports revealed that Walters handed in a transfer request in August after Stoke refused to extend his contract until June 2018. However, Hughes is hoping that the stand-off between the club and the Republic of Ireland international can be brought to a swift conclusion before his current contract expires next summer.
“From purely a selfish and football point of view it makes complete sense to me to try and keep Jon here. I understand the club’s point of view that length of contract is important when you’re talking about the levels we’re talking about and financial commitment to players.”
“Jon is playing really well and he’s an important member of the group. I’m hopeful we can go back to the table. We’ll see where it takes us again.”
Walters has been at the Brittania Stadium since August 2010, making nearly 200 appearances and scoring 36 times for the Potters including 4 crucial goals this season; the most recent strike helping his side to a penalty-shootout victory over Premier League Champions, Chelsea, on Tuesday in the Capital One cup.
Stoke fans, how important is Jonathan Walters to your club and could you afford to see him leave in the near future? Let us know in the comments section below!