Marcel Brands refutes Stoke move for PSV misfit Zakaria Bakkali

Zakaria Bakkali

Stoke City are reportedly looking to sign Zakaria Bakkali when his PSV contract expires in summer.

Bakkali is one of the brightest prospects in European football, and it was rumoured over the summer that he would be moving to the likes of Manchester United or Chelsea.

A Belgian international likened to Blues star Eden Hazard, the one real negative with the 18-year-old has been his attitude, as he criticised PSV Eindhoven for keeping him in the Eredivisie against his wishes when all the transfer talk started. He remained with the Dutch club, but refused to sign a contract after supposedly being keen on one, and he was sent to Jong PSV by technical director Marcel Brands, who confirmed that he would not make a first-team appearance this season.

His contract expires this summer, and he is set to leave the club, although there is a big chance that PSV could look to cash in on their wantaway talent in the January transfer window, rather than losing him on a free when the end of the season comes around. However, all the clubs interested in him previously have pulled out of any potential deals - probably due to his well documented problems - and the favourites for his signature have now become Premier League side Stoke City, who are slowly building a remarkably talented side.

There were talks that the Potters could move to secure him on loan in January, before signing him permanently for a free in the summer, but, with Bakkali out of action through injury until March this looks an unlikely prospect. And to further refute such a move, Brands has since come out and declared that there has been no contact from Mark Hughes’s side as of yet.

As per, Brands confirmed that there is no truth to the rumours concerning a January move to Stoke, and, whilst a move for the highly-rated talent in the summer is still possible, fans of the Britannia Stadium club should not be getting their hopes up just yet.

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