Stoke hopeful key midfielder Steven N'Zonzi will extend contract

Image: Steven N'Zonzi: Stoke are keen to extend his contract

Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes is hopeful they can persuade midfielder Steven N'Zonzi to sign a contract extension.

Reports in the press have suggested the Frenchman, who has 12 months remaining on his current deal, is looking for a move this summer.

"In terms of Steven, and other members of the squad, we are talking and are in constant touch with the representatives and the players themselves," Scholes told The Sentinel.

"Steven's a great footballer, and obviously player-of-the-year, and we would dearly love to keep him but we will see.

"We don't want to be losing players of quality like Steven, but that's not always in our hands."

Stoke boss Mark Hughes is also preparing to persuade N'Zonzi to stay at the Britannia, after overcoming the player’s previous fall outs with the club over the last two seasons.

Hughes is hoping he can win over his star player, as his departure would leave a serious hole in midfield.

Both Scholes and Hughes may have to overcome N'Zonzi’s father and agent, Fidele, if they are to guarantee a contract extension.

The Sentinel reported last season that N'Zonzi's father had sent an email to Scholes with a transfer request for his son, after citing his desire to play at a bigger club. 

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