Stoke manager Mark Hughes gives verdict on Jonathan Walters' future

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Mark Hughes has commented on the future of Jonathan Walters, amid interest from Norwich.

Stoke forward Jonathan Walters is keen to stay at the club but feels they are yet to show they truly value him in recent contract negotiations, according to quotes published by the Guardian.

The Republic of Ireland international’s current deal runs out next summer and he was the subject of a bid from Norwich last week – according to BBC Sport - understood to be around £1.5 million.

This offer was rejected by the Potters and, following Saturday’s 1-1 Barclays weekend draw with the Canaries at Carrow Road, manager Mark Hughes confirmed he would like to the 31-year-old to stay at the Britannia stadium.

According to the Guardian, Hughes later confirmed that Norwich’s bid was “nowhere near” Stoke’s valuation, before adding:

“Jonathan wants a little bit more in terms of the lengths of a new contract, but we are hopeful we can come to an agreement.”

“But if we don’t, then we will probably keep him and let his contract run down.”

Walters has made two appearances for Stoke so far this season, and is yet to score, although he has fashioned five key passes for his teammates.

Last term he featured on 32 occasions for the club, finding the back of the net on eight occasions - including a hat-trick against Queens Park Rangers.

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