English Premiership

Afellay pens new Stoke City deal

2017-03-02 15:10

Cape Town - Stoke City midfielder Ibrahim Afellay says he is delighted to have committed his future to the English Premier League side after signing a new two-year deal.

Since joining the Potters from Barcelona on a free transfer, the Netherlands international has become a firm fan favorite at the Bet365 Stadium for his committed displays and composure he brings into Mark Hughes' midfield.

However, his future with the English top-flight side came into question over the past few months due to a serious knee ligament injury, which sidelined the former PSV Eindhoven captain for eight months.

Nonetheless, his return to fitness this season saw the 30-year-old back to first-team action over the festive period and he has now featured nine times in the league since then.

"I'm very happy," he told the club's website. "From the first day I came to the Club I felt at home and I'm looking forward to the future and to doing good things with this Club. 

"The injury is all in the past now. I think I've showed that I'm back in business and I'm just look forward now, working hard every day and trying to make the best of everything."

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