Stoke’s pro­longed omis­sion hurts Bony

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Ivory Coast in­ter­na­tional striker Wil­fried Bony says his pro­longed omis­sion from the Stoke team is “painful” as he con­tin­ues to be over­looked for se­lec­tion by man­ager Mark Hughes.

The 28-year-old — who has scored just twice in 11 games since his loan move from Manch­ester City last Au­gust — added he had turned down a move to China in Jan­uary’s trans­fer win­dow be­cause he wants to prove he has the qual­ity still to suc­ceed.

Aside from a su­perb spell at Swansea af­ter im­press­ing in Dutch foot­ball Bony has strug­gled since City signed him from the Swans for £28 mil­lion (RM154 mil­lion) in Jan­uary 2015.

“When you hear ev­ery­thing is fine and you don’t play, it’s crazy,” Bony told the BBC’s World Foot­ball pro­gramme.

“It is more than dif­fi­cult.

“This is some­thing that I want to know why, the coach told me I’m train­ing very well and my at­ti­tude is very good. It doesn’t make sense. It’s painful.”

Bony, who has not played for Stoke since the end of De­cem­ber, said he had told his agent to re­ject the Chi­nese of­fer.

“My agent told me there was an of­fer but I re­fused to go be­cause my plan is to stay in the UK to show more — to show that I’m not at the end.”

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