Stoke reject N'Zonzi transfer request

Potters chairman Peter Coates confirms the 24-year-old Frenchman's desire to leave the club but says that he is not "unduly worried" because of the length of his contract
Stoke City midfielder Steven N'Zonzi has had a transfer request turned down by the club's chairman, Peter Coates.

The 24-year-old only joined the Potters in the summer of 2012 from relegated Blackburn in a £3 million deal but is already looking to move on.

Coates remains adamant that the Frenchman, who featured heavily in a season that saw the club flirt with relegation before finishing 13th in the Premier League, will remain at the Britannia Stadium, however.

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"I can confirm that we have received a written transfer request from Steven N'Zonzi," he told reporters of the team's Young Player of the Year.

"We are not unduly worried about the situation as he is our player and has three years remaining on his contract."

Stoke parted company with manager Tony Pulis on Tuesday after a dismal record in 2013 saw the side sucked into a relegation battle.