Naturally, his good performances haven’t gone unnoticed, and as per a report in France Football, his contract situation has alerted Premier League trio Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Liverpool.
But the first bid to make the papers in fact came from La Liga outfit Seviila, an offer which has been flatly refused and described by The Telegraph as "derisory".
“Stoke City have rejected a “derisory” £3 million bid from Europa League winners Sevilla for midfielder Steven Nzonzi. Nzonzi’s representatives have told Stoke that he will not be signing a new deal, weeks after the 26-year-old was named the club’s player of the year,” the report states.
Where does Steven N’Zonzi’s contract refusal leave Stoke City?
N’Zonzi is a vital cog in Mark Hughes’s Stoke side, but with 12 months remaining on his contract the club would be wise to cash in while they can instead of risk losing him for free next summer.
Spurs and North London rivals Arsenal in particular are in the market for a new defensive midfielder, and the Frenchman would prove a valuable asset at both clubs even if he wasn’t to be a regular first-team player.
Stoke know their position and cannot afford to play hardball, yet while they’d probably prefer to avoid selling to a league rival the economic state of the Premier League may prompt them to do just that.