Report: Stoke set to open talks with reported Man United target Bojan Krkic over new contract

Mark Hughes is hoping to tie the Spaniard down to a longer deal in an attempt to stave off interest from their Premier League rivals.

Stoke City are planning to begin talks with their talisman Bojan Krkic over a new deal at the Britannia Stadium, according to Sky Sports.

The former Barcelona man has two-and-a-half years left to run on his current contract with the Potters (via Sky Sports), but with Sky Sports reporting that Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool are all monitoring his progress, it appears that Mark Hughes is keen to ensure that the playmaker remains with the club for the long-term.

Despite never quite making the most of his talent at the Nou Camp - although he did make over 100 La Liga appearances for the Catalan giants - Bojan has lit up the Premier League since his arrival in 2014. And despite sustaining an injury that kept him out for most of the second half of last season, he has continued his fine form into this campaign.

He has scored five goals and bagged one assist in the league this season to help Stoke put themselves inside the top half of the table. And Hughes will be hoping that should the 25-year-old sign a new deal, he will continue to put in the kind of influential performances that result in the side moving even further up the table. 

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