With his loan spell at the Philadelphia Union coming to an end, Stoke City midfielder Maurice Edu admits he’s unsure where his future lies.
Edu, 28, joined Stoke in August 2012 from liquidated Rangers but has made just one substitute appearance in the Premier League since, despite proving a huge hit during his four-season spell in Scotland.
Spending the second-half of the 2012-13 campaign on loan at Turkish club Buraspor, the former Toronto FC star then returned to MLS in January on a season-long deal, in order to boost his chances of making Jurgen Klinsmann’s US squad for the World Cup.
While he ultimately missed out on the trip to Brazil, Edu enjoyed considerable success in Philadelphia, playing at both centre-back and in central midfield over 31 appearances, while captaining the side for much of the second-half of the season.
With the Union having the option to make his stay permanent, the 46-times capped international would be more than open to a return, but concedes the decision is in the hands of the respective clubs.
‘I don't know; that's out of my hands at this point,’ he was quoted in philly.com at the team’s end-of-season media session. ‘It's up to the clubs [Stoke and the Union] to come to an agreement.
‘For me it's always been about just playing,’ he added. ‘I'm the kind of person where I thrive on that type of situation, I thrive on situations where you have to prove yourself. That was the case with me, I wasn't playing with Stoke and I had the opportunity to come here.
‘I didn't want to just come and just play, I wanted to try to make an impact. I said from the beginning, I wanted to try to help this team do something special this year and I wanted to try to be a leader on this team.’
The first overall pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft, Edu no doubt has the talent to succeed in the English top-tier but, with Stoke unlikely to give him a chance to showcase his credentials, the signs point towards his future being at PPL Park.