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Centre-Half Doesn’t Want Stoke Return – Music To The Fans Ears

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Having secured himself a season out on loan back in the Bundesliga with Hannover 96 for the campaign of 2018/19, Kevin Wimmer has been in the press this week and he’s explained his desire to not return to the Potteries when that deal expires.

Having joined from Tottenham Hotspur for £18million, the 25-year-old only made 16 starting appearances for us across all competitions and he soon fell out of favour as Stoke made the switch from Mark Hughes to Paul Lambert and he failed to feature from mid-January onwards.

A recent interview with Hannoversche Allgemeine (via the Stoke Sentinel) explained.

“I want to spend more than a year in the Bundesliga and stay at 96. If possible I don’t want to go back to Stoke.”

Wimmer went on state that he felt he was now joining a team that suited his style of play better than ‘under Lambert’ as he likes to play the ball out from the back and not just hit it long. He also pointed out that when he last appeared we weren’t in the relegation zone and Lambert told him he simply wasn’t ‘his type of player’.

Should the deal work out and go well, we will still take a significant loss on the sum originally paid for him, but the buy-clause is reported as £10.5million which will certainly come in handy as we adjust to financial life in the second tier.

Some moves just don’t work out and this one certainly didn’t and that’s left fans wishing him the best so everyone gets their wish on making this deal permanent.

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