Diao ponders Potters future

Veteran midfielder Salif Diao has doubts over his future with Stoke City, having been offered a new deal which contains a scouting remit as well as a playing role.

The 33-year-old Senegal international is considering his options, as he sees himself as a full-time player for another couple of seasons.

He told The Sentinel:"It would be a shame if we don't find an agreement. I want to stay.

"My dream is, in a year or two, to be playing European football with Stoke. That would be a massive achievement, but since I signed my first contract here that has always been my long-term view.

"I know the manager has been talking about a proposal for me to be part of the staff, but at the moment I see myself as a player.

"I am only 33 and think I can contribute a lot on the pitch for the football club.

"I want to be in a clear position, and I see myself as a player.

"I have been in Paris talking to French clubs and can also meet a club from Qatar, but ideally I would like to stay with Stoke."

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