Stoke's Bojan loaned to Mainz

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Out of favour at the Potters, the Spaniard has been sent on loan to Bundesliga club Mainz

Bojan Krkic has joined Mainz on loan from Stoke City until the end of the season.

The capture of the former Barcelona forward was considered to be a major coup when he arrived at the Potters in 2014 and he scored four goals in 16 Premier League games in his debut campaign before a serious knee injury curtailed his season.

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Bojan returned to action and played 27 times in the top flight last term, but the 26-year-old has found his game time limited this season, making just nine Premier League appearances, four of them as a substitute. 

He moves to the Opel Arena to find Mainz, who face Borussia Dortmund at home on Sunday, 11th in the Bundesliga table.

Bojan, a product of Barca's famed youth academy, joined Roma from the Catalan giants in 2011, spending time on loan at AC Milan, before re-signing at Camp Nou in 2013, only to be loaned out again, this time at Ajax.

"Today sees a very special chapter in my life come to a close as another really exciting one opens, on this occasion in Germany, with Mainz 05 having given me the opportunity and privilege of playing another major European league," Bojan said in a statement posted on social media.

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"Being out on the pitch is what makes me happy and it's now time for me to carry on along my journey as I continue to enjoy this great sport.

"For the time being, this isn't a goodbye to Stoke City, it's just a 'see you soon', but I didn't want to pass up on the opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in ensuring that I hold great memories of my time at this club."

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