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Stoke reject N´Zonzi transfer request

Stoke City have rejected a transfer request from midfielder Steven N’Zonzi.

The Premier League club, who announced on Tuesday that manager Tony Pulis had left by mutual consent, confirmed the news in a statement on Friday.

N’Zonzi moved to the Britannia Stadium from Blackburn Rovers in August 2012 and made 35 Premier League appearances in his debut season.

However, it has now emerged that the 24-year-old Frenchman is looking for a move.

“Stoke City can confirm the club has rejected a written transfer request from midfielder Steven Nzonzi,” a statement on the club’s official website read.

“Contrary to reports in the local media, the French midfielder tabled his request earlier this week before the departure of Tony Pulis from the Britannia Stadium.

“The club intend to make no further comment on this matter.”

Stoke also moved to deny rumours that goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is set to leave.

According to reports in the 25-year-old’s native Bosnia, Begovic has been targeted by Liverpool as a potential replacement for Pepe Reina.

But Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes has denied those suggestions.

“Asmir’s agent rang me as soon as these stories surfaced,” he said.

“He assures me that Asmir doesn’t know the Bosnian journalist and has certainly never spoken to him.

“It’s complete fabrication and unfortunately it has been picked up by a paper in this country.

“It’s inevitable when a manager parts company with a club that there’s a period of uncertainty and erroneous newspaper reports certainly don’t help matters.”

Fri 24 May, 2013
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