Glen Johnson explains why he chose to sign with Stoke City

After leaving Liverpool, Johnson signed for Stoke, despite interest from former club West Ham.

Glen Johnson left Liverpool at the end of last season when his contract expired, and he has told the Daily Mail why he opted to sign for Stoke City on a free transfer.

The right-back said: “I met Mark Hughes a week ago and was impressed with what he had to say. Stoke City is a club moving in the right direction and I want to be a part of it. I don't like to kick it forward, I like to play football and from what Mark has said to me he wants to do the same, so it should suit us both. Stoke was the right choice for me. I wanted to stay in the Premier League because it is the best league out there.”

Johnson decided to link up with Stoke due to the project being undertaken at the Britannia Stadium under Mark Hughes.

He has become the sixth signing of the summer transfer window, with Shay Given, Joselu, Jakob Haugaard and Philipp Wollscheid all signing on permanent deals - as well as Marco van Ginkel coming on loan from Chelsea.

Hughes has slowly built a competitive side, with talent throughout that removes many of the preconceptions about Stoke. Despite long being removed from their long-ball style, the Potters’ are still considered a team who rely upon their physical strength ahead of technical abilities.

Yet they have players such as Bojan and Marko Arnautovic who are far more technical than many of their contemporaries in the Premier League.

Johnson had offers to link up with other teams this summer, with West Ham holding talks with their former player - according to the Sunday People.

Yet he chose the move due to his prospects on the table at Stoke, and it promises to be an exciting future for the club, with the 30-year-old full-back turning out for them this coming season.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch