Stoke City have begun talks with Joe Allen over a new contract, according to the Daily Mail.
The report states that the Welsh midfielder has three years left on his current deal, but was automatically given a pay-cut following Stoke’s relegation, which has led new manager Gary Rowett to open talks with the playmaker.
Allen has been one of the shining lights for Stoke since he joined from Liverpool in 2016, scoring twice and assisting six goals during this campaign which saw the Potters relegated to the Championship.
The player nicknamed ‘The Welsh Pirlo’ has become a fan favourite at the Britannia and was one of the few Stoke players to end the season with any credit.
Stoke supporters have been reacting to the latest contract news on Twitter, with fans delighted that one of their star players might commit their future to Stoke despite their relegation.
If Allen, 28, puts pen-to-paper, it will be a great start for new Stoke boss Gary Rowett who wants to lock down as many quality players as possible.
That would be some great news , fingers crossed ??
— Liam Lawrence (@LiamLawrence07) June 5, 2018
I hope so fingers crossed please sign Joe Allen ⚽⚽???#scfc
— Jayne Cash (@jayne_cash) June 6, 2018
At last a player that understands about loyalty . Come on Joe put pen to paper and keep us smiling
— Alanstokefan (@Alanstokefan2) June 6, 2018
— Paul Adam Higgs (@HiggsAdam) June 6, 2018
— callum thomson ? (@callumcst) June 5, 2018
Brilliant news and well done stoke this is superb news joe ???
— Mark Andrew Nixon (@MarkNico1972) June 6, 2018
Be like the best Christmas ever ! Please stay Joe …you are superb, your work ethic is an example to the rest of the team ! Top bloke !
— Wendy Banks (@banksey66) June 5, 2018
This would be brilliant news if we can get it done. ?
— Dan Huntley (@danhunt82) June 6, 2018
— liampod (@PodmoreLiam) June 5, 2018
Signing of the season this would be ?
— Tillers (@tilstones) June 5, 2018
He will have a statue outside the ground
— john (@John96160027) June 6, 2018