The Republic of Ireland international was spurned by the Blues as a young trainee and hopes to get revenge with a victory for the Potters in Sunday's showpiece final
Whelan, 27, was a trainee at the club during their Maine Road era but was overlooked by then manager Kevin Keegan before eventually leaving on a free transfer to Sheffield Wednesday.
Whelan recalled the period to reporters: "It was coming up to the end of the season, I'd been out on loan and got a taste for it.
"There was interest from Sheffield Wednesday and Kevin Keegan said he didn't think I was going to break in this year or next year so the best thing would be to go out and play games.
"It hurt. I was still only 20, 21. I thought I was going to be with Man City and be playing for them but it didn't work out like that."
Now, Whelan is an established international with over 100 appearances for Stoke and whilst he has no bad memories of his time at City, he still would like to taste victory over his old employers.
He said: "I was there for six years and loved it. When I left I always used to look out for their results. But it's different now. It would be good to get one over on them."
Whelan is rated by the Castrol EDGE Rankings as the 1358th best player currently plying his trade in one of the top five leagues in Europe.