—Hails Potters Fans For Their Support
Osaze Odemwingie is looking to end his career at Stoke City as he pushes for a new contract with the English Premier League club.
The Nigeria striker is out of contract this summer, but he is hoping Stoke boss Mark Hughes will offer him a new deal as he believes the club is on an upward trajectory.
“It was a big year for me. I went to the World Cup, did well and then got injured which was such a blow,” he was quoted in the Mirror on Saturday. “But my ambitions are still high, I’ve never lowered the bar and I still want to do well in my career.
“I’m 34 this year and if this is my last couple of years in the Premier League then I feel I can do myself justice.
“I think having an injury like that, coming through good times and bad, does change your approach to everything. It makes you focus more, appreciate what you have and I’ll be training right throughout June to make sure I’m in the best condition I can be.
“Maybe we can come to an agreement.
"Stoke is a good club, I’m happy here and maybe Southampton can be a good example – they could be in Europe next year and that’s something we could aim for.”
The former West Brom star has hailed the Stoke fans who kept chanting his name even when he was out injured for a long time.
The 33-year-old suffered a devastating cruciate knee ligament injury last August which ruled him out for eight months of this season.
Odemwingie added: “On quite a few Monday mornings I would come in to training and one of the players would tell me that the fans had been singing my name at away games.
“It put a shiver down my spine.
"The reception I got from the fans when I came back was incredible and they’ve done exactly the same for Bojan, who has a similar injury.
“They are incredible fans. They have helped me so much through such a difficult time in my career. They keep you going.
“I was so proud to be back in the dressing room when the boss came in and said, ‘Well done, lads, it’s another record breaking season for Stoke and another top-10 finish.'
“It doesn’t get any better than that and it’s so good to be a part of that. I feel settled and happy at Stoke and would love to be part of the club in the future.”