Report suggests that Stoke defender is drawing interest from La Liga

Stoke City's Jack Butland, Erik Pieters, Marc Muniesa in action with Newcastle's Seydou Doumbia

Stoke City's Marc Muniesa has struggled for game-time so far this season.

Stoke City's Jack Butland, Erik Pieters, Marc Muniesa in action with Newcastle's Seydou DoumbiaStoke City's Marc Muniesa in action 

Reports emanating from Spain today suggest that La Liga sides Real Betis and Granada are interested in securing the services of Stoke City defender Marc Muniesa, according to Spanish media outlet Estadio Deportivo.

The 24-year-old Spaniard moved to Stoke from Barcelona in the summer of 2013 on a free transfer, but has failed to fully establish himself at the Bet 365 Stadium, making just 33 Premier League starts during his time with the club.

Potters fans are unlikely to be too concerned by the rumours linking Muniesa with an exit, with the defender playing a peripheral part in his side's season so far with zero Premier League starts.

The report from Estadio Deportivo suggests that there would not be much resistance from Stoke, should either side submit a formal offer for Muniesa, with Mark Hughes not being short of defensive cover.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes before the gameStoke City manager Mark Hughes 

The Potters are still in a precarious position in the Premier League table, and sit just three points clear of the relegation zone, as they head to Watford on Sunday needing a win to create some breathing space between themselves and those below them in the table.

Stoke City manager Mark HughesStoke City manager Mark Hughes

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