Accam, 25, spent a week training with Stoke last month in order to keep up his fitness during the MLS offseason, but after making a positive impression on the coaching staff, reports suggested that the club could move to secure his signature on a permanent basis [h/t Daily Mail].
The highly-rated Ghana international insists that his plan was always to return to the Fire for a second season but admits that his spell at the Britannia Stadium has fuelled his desire to test himself at a higher level in the future.
“I… went there to look around and see their facilities,” Accam told MLSSoccer.com’s Shane Murray. “I had a week training, and everything went really well. To be fair, I just needed to keep myself fit because we had a long offseason, so I just went there to keep myself fit.
“I trained with the guys, all the coaches were impressed, but at the moment I’m here, and I don’t want to look back at what happened. I’m here, I want to start the season going.
“I just want to keep doing well. If I keep doing well, there will be teams that will be after you, and throughout my career that’s what I’ve done. Every season there are teams that are interested, and at the moment I’m still here.”
Accam originally joined the Fire from Swedish side Helsingborgs as a Designated Player in December 2014 and went on to score 10 goals in 24 games during his first season in MLS.
The club themselves endured a dismal campaign, finishing bottom of the Eastern Conference with a league-worst 30 points, but the five-time capped Ghanaian stood out as one of their few bright spots thanks to his blazing speed and dribbling skills.
The pacey attacker, who played non-league football in England while studying at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire, between 2009 and 2011, was linked with a number of Premier League and Championship clubs before joining Chicago, but work permit issues are believed to have prevented a potential move [h/t Sky Sports].
Nevertheless, if he takes another big step forward in 2016 under new head coach Veljko Paunovic and earns a few more international caps, overseas suitors are sure to come calling.