Stoke City midfielder Steven Nzonzi submits transfer request
Stoke City have suffered further turmoil after it emerged midfielder Steven Nzonzi has submitted a written transfer request.
I’m out: Stoke’s Young Player of the Year Steven Nzonzi has asked to leave the club
Nzonzi, who was named Stoke City‘s young player of the year, is determined to leave the Britannia Stadium only nine months after his £3 million arrival from Blackburn Rovers and has informed the board of his desire to find a new club.
Stoke have turned down his request but Nzonzi’s surprise move is likely to alert former Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce, now in charge at West Ham United, while Norwich also retain a strong interest.
Telegraph Sport understands Nzonzi’s decision has no connection with the departure of manager Tony Pulis earlier this week and the 24 year-old has been disillusioned since the end of last year.
Stoke are stepping up their search for a new manager, with a shortlist expected to be compiled over the weekend, and it appears one of the first tasks for Pulis’s successor will be to persuade Nzonzi to stay.
Peter Coates, the Stoke chairman, said: “I can confirm that we have received a written transfer request from Steven Nzonzi. We are not unduly worried about the situation as he is our player and has three years remaining on his contract.”