Stoke City hold on tight to Etebo
Stoke City hold on tight to Etebo
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Stoke City hold on tight to Etebo

English Championship club Stoke City are not ready to let go of their Nigerian midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo.

Etebo was outstanding in the Super Eagles squad that won bronze at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Stoke City's Nathan Jones is looking to welcome back his player after an extended break and has explained what any interested clubs might go through if they want Etebo.

“If there had been any bids (for Etebo) we’d let you know but we don’t want to lose Etebo,”Jones told Stoke Sentinel.

“If anyone wants to come in for him they had better have a hell of a lot of money and be very strong because he’s a key member to our squad, as is Badou Niang.

“If anyone wants our players they had better have very deep pockets because these are good players who we’re very proud to have at our club.

Etebo will not be back in time for the first league game, at home to Queens Park Rangers, on August 3.

“We’ll see. It’s going to be an interesting few weeks. Peter was wonderful for Nigeria, one of the stand out performers for them, and Badou for Senegal. We are very proud of our internationals and both have done very well.

“It’s difficult for us because now they have to rest and they won’t be due back until the first week of the season.

“They won’t be too far off because they’ve played but it’s important that they get a bit of rest. If you’re a good African football you don’t get a holiday and it’s very, very frustrating. I think something should be done about that but that’s just my humble opinion.

Etebo will not be back in time for the first league game, at home to Queens Park Rangers, on August 3.

 

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