Stoke City forward Ibrahim Afellay could be the next player to be offered a contract extension, according to The Stoke Sentinel.

The Dutch winger joined the Potters on a two-year deal in 2015 from Barcelona, making 31 appearances in his debut Premier League season, netting twice.

However, a knee injury in April 2016 kept him out for eight months and he returned to the starting XI on Saturday against Chelsea for the first time since his long spell on the sideline.

Despite being out for so long, Afellay has been impressing in training and it looks like the club are willing to offer him a contract extension ahead of his current deal running out in the summer.

“It’s for another time and another place really, but it’s good to get him back in the squad and now back in the team,” manager Mark Hughes commented.

“It was important to give him game time and I thought he did fine. I was pleased enough with him.

“The intention was always to give him 60 minutes, so he got through that okay and still had energy to go, which was an important sign.

“He’ll get more game time in the New Year and we are grateful to have him back.”

The winger came on in the team’s 2-0 win against Watford, which raised them up to 11th in the league on 24 points.

Stoke will be hoping that the return of Afellay will help lift them up the league standings after a disappointing first half of the season.


  1. I hope we do offer Ibby a new deal – he’s a classy player – very mobile and a great passer and he has made a remarkable comeback from his injury given his age. But, these days he is not a winger and we have not played him as a winger since the first couple of games after we signed him. We play him in centre midfield or, occasionally, as a Number 10.


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