Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes confident of keeping Bruno Martins Indi at the club

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The FC Porto defender was on loan at Stoke for the 2016/17 season, and impressed many during his time with the Potters.

Middlesbrough's Marten de Roon in action with Stoke City's Bruno Martins IndiMiddlesbrough's Marten de Roon in action with Stoke City's Bruno Martins Indi

Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes is feeling optimistic about keeping FC Porto defender Bruno Martins Indi at The Bet365 Stadium on a permanent basis, after the Netherlands international impressed on loan, as reported by Sky Sports

The 25-year-old played in 35 of Stoke's 38 Premier League matches last season, and racked up 37 appearances in total - scoring one goal, against Chelsea - and adapted to the Premier League incredibly well, while showing his class in the process.

Martins Indi has been with Porto since 2014 after excelling at the World Cup the same year, but by being allowed to join Stoke on loan as he did, it's very possible that the Portuguese giants would be happy to let the Netherlands international stay with Mark Hughes' side.

Speaking about the possibility of the transfer, Scholes was confident that a deal can be thrashed out with both Porto and Martins Indi in order to sign the player, but also claimed that a move is far from being finalised, but talks are ongoing.

Chelsea's Diego Costa and Stoke City's Bruno Martins IndiChelsea's Diego Costa and Stoke City's Bruno Martins Indi

"Once you start introducing other parties into it, you have to take into account those other parties' position as well," Scholes said, as reported by Sky Sports. "So it's not just us, Bruno and Bruno's agent, there's the other club as well.

"Everything has to fall into place before a deal is done but (we are) absolutely hopeful. Bruno has been a good player for us - but we will have to see."

Watford's Etienne Capoue in action with Stoke City's Bruno Martins IndiWatford's Etienne Capoue in action with Stoke City's Bruno Martins Indi

Hughes actually faced some fan discontent towards the end of the 2016/17 season, as Stoke ended up finishing 13th in the Premier League - though they were two points behind eighth placed Southampton, however that gap masks up a disappointing campaign for the Potters.

Stoke lost 16 of their 38 Premier League matches and won just 11, despite having players like Xherdan Shaqiri to call upon, and the club as a whole will want to strive for better in the 2017/18 campaign.  

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