Midlands latest: Stoke star coy on future; Delph can make England impact, says teammate

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Marko Arnautovic coy on future

Marko Arnautovic has refused to be drawn on his future at Stoke City.

The Austrian attacking midfielder has impressed during his time in the Potteries so far and, as a result, has been linked with a move to a number of clubs.

However, Arnautovic refused to be drawn on the speculation, although he did hint that a move could occur at the end of this year.

"I've had a year at Stoke and I've had one good season," the 25-year-old said. "Now I want to have another good season.

"As long as I'm at Stoke, I'll be at full throttle for the team. Whether I move on after this season or after the third or after the fourth, no one knows, only God knows."

Philippe Senderos backs Delph

Philippe Senderos has backed his Aston Villa teammate Fabian Delph to make an impact at international level.

The energetic central-midfielder has been tipped to start tonight in England’s game against Switzerland and Senderos believes that it is reward for his fine form.

“He’s been brilliant, not only this season but over the last few seasons,” Senderos said.

“Now he really deserves his place in the squad. He will bring his energy, his power, his will to move forward all the time. He is a very positive player to have around.”

Liam Moore hails Wes Morgan

Leicester City’s youngster Liam Moore has backed his central-defensive partner Wes Morgan to prove he is Premier League quality.

The duo have formed a solid combination at the heart of the Foxes’ defence, even at the top level, and Moore believes that Morgan has the quality required to spend the rest of his career in the top-flight.

"Wes has been exactly the same this season as the last two seasons – outstanding," Moore said.

"It is a shame for him that it has taken him this long to get to this level, but he is doing everything he can to prove he can play at this level and, hopefully, he will finish his career in the Premier League in five or six years' time.

West Brom quartet to play in non-competitive fixture

West Bromwich Albion’s quartet of new signings could make an appearance in the club’s under-21 fixture against Hull City tomorrow.

Joleon Lescott, Cristian Gamboa, Sebastian Blanco and Silvestre Varela are all in-line to feature in the non-competitive match and they will all be looking to convince Alan Irvine that they are ready to start in the Premier League upon its resumption this weekend.

Sam Ricketts could be handed new contract

Despite falling out of starting contention at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sam Ricketts could still be handed a new contract.

The defender is club-captain at Molineux, but he has lost his place in the starting line-up.

However, Jackett believes that the 32-year-old may be able to earn a new deal in the future.

“It is something we might look at,” Jackett said. “Without knowing the precise timing, I wouldn’t rule out, during the course of this season, Sam Ricketts earning a new contract.

“The fact he is 32 coming up to 33 doesn’t worry any of us at the club – it will solely be based on performance.”

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