Stoke City the right choice for me - Glen Johnson

The full-back has revealed his reasons for moving to the Britannia Stadium after his Liverpool contract expired

Glen Johnson says Stoke City manager Mark Hughes played a big part in his decision to move to the Britannia Stadium.

The full-back has signed a two-year deal with Stoke after being released by Liverpool and has joined up with his new team-mates in Singapore as they prepare to take part in the Premier League Asia Trophy.

Johnson says he was keen to stay in England despite having held talks with overseas clubs and feels Stoke are improving as a club under the Welshman’s guidance.

“I met Mark Hughes a week ago and was impressed with what he had to say. Stoke City is a club moving in the right direction and I want to be a part of it," he told reporters.

“They once had a reputation for long ball and long throw-ins, but you can see what has happened since Mark has come in: they’ve progressed in to a real footballing team.

“I don’t like to kick it forward, I like to play football and from what Mark has said to me he wants to do the same, so it should suit us both.

“Stoke City was the right choice for me. I wanted to stay in the Premier League, because it is the best league out there. This move has ticked a lot of boxes."

The Potters begin their new Premier League campaign against Liverpool, having beaten the Reds 6-1 on the final day of last season, and Johnson says he is out for another three points.

“It’s funny how the fixture calendar works out like that sometimes. I owe Liverpool a lot,” he added.

“I had some good times there, played a lot of games throughout the years and I have a lot of friends there, so Liverpool will always stay close to my heart.

“But hopefully Stoke City will get the three points on the opening day of the Premier League season.”