Stoke City chief hopeful of securing new deal for Steven N'zonzi

Mathieu Flamini challenging Steven N'Zonzi

The midfielder played every Premier League game for the Potters last season.

Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes has said there is no reason the side can't tie down midfielder Steven N'zonzi to a new contract, the Sentinel reports. 

N'zonzi has become a key part of the Potters' midfield this season and his influence has continued to grow. His presence and ability have been tricky for opponents to deal with and he has shown that he has an eye for goal - including his wonderful strike on the final day of the season in the 6-1 win over Liverpool.  

Scholes said: "If his football's anything to go by, then it absolutely is reason to be positive we can get something done.

"He had a magnificent season last year – and in fact he's had three very good seasons with us, even if perhaps the last was his best.

"He's playing with a smile on his face. He looks very happy and we would very much like to renew his contract."

His influence and importance to the side can be seen by the fact that he appeared in every Premier League game last season as the Potters performed commendably - finishing comfortably in the top half of the division - while he also won their Player of the Year award.

As he enters the final 12 months of his contract, it is of little surprise to find that the club want to tie him down to a new contract. Given the impressive form he has demonstrated recently, there could be one or two clubs taking a look at the 26-year-old Frenchman. 

Securing a new deal for the midfielder going into the new season could be a big boost for Stoke and could be just as important, if not more so, than any new signings that arrive at the Britannia Stadium this summer. 

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