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The 21-year-old has impressed his new manager since joining Stoke City from Barcelona and the Welshman is confident that his young charge will play for the first team this season

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has no plans to loan out Marc Muniesa after being encouraged by his progress since arriving from Barcelona.

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The 21-year-old was one of Hughes's first signings as Potters boss when he completed his free transfer from the Primera Division champions, signing a four-year contract at the Britannia Stadium.

With Robert Huth and Ryan Shawcross starting their first two Premier League games and fellow defender Erik Pieters arriving on the left, Muniesa faces a battle to break into the first team but impressed his new manager on deubt in their 3-1 Capital One Cup victory over Walsall on Wednesday.

"We are not thinking about [a loan] at the moment," Hughes told the press of the youngster. "He's here to learn what the Premier League is all about.

"He will play games this year, I'm sure, because he's a good player.

"I like Marc in terms of his ability. He's getting stronger every day, doing different work here than possibly before.

"He's doing work in the gym that will help sustain his physical level and he's enjoying his day-to-day work."

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