Date: 18th June 2018 at 2:33pm
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Earlier this morning Stoke City laid all speculation about a departure for Welshman Joe Allen to rest with confirmation of a new long-term contract being signed at the Bet365 Stadium.

The 28-year-old international was one of many players linked in the press with a move away but whatever the truth might have been about potential interest in him, he’s going nowhere having signed a new four-year contract with Stoke today.

Having signed for Stoke back in the summer of 2016 for a reported £13million fee from Liverpool, Allen has 74 starting appearances to his name, with an additional three showings from the bench. Those games have returned ten goals and his importance to the side is clear for everyone to see.

Speaking to the Official Website as his deal was announced, Allen explained that having spoken to Tony Scholes and him making it clear they didn’t want to cash in on him and wanted him to play his part in helping us back to the Premier League after relegation, it made it an easy choice for him as he’s enjoying his spell with us and he feels settled.

“As players we have to shoulder responsibility for what happened last season. Sometimes in football when things go wrong players try to wash their hands of it but I’m hoping a few more of the lads will have the same target of trying to set the record straight and helping the Club bounce straight back.”

Fans will certainly relish that sentiment and clearly making up for last year is a buzzword at the club at the moment, as manager Gary Rowett added.

“Joe’s were the first comments that I read at the end of last season and it was clear from what he said that he wanted to atone for what had happened. That’s exactly what any Club, any set of fans and any manager want to hear – they want players to feel a sense of responsibility. For a player of that quality to want to stay, want to commit to the future tells you how good the Club is and that he can see potentially a better season ahead.”


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