Peter Crouch likely to be offered new contract at Stoke

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Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is preparing to offer Peter Crouch a new contract whilst expressing confidence that the former England international is not close to retirement.

Peter Crouch is the Potters’ top scorer this season with 4 goals to his name despite being used from the substitutes bench.

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His appearance in the Brighton game on Monday enabled him to set a Premier League record for substitute appearances with 143, and he has not shown any sign of calling it quits on his club career anytime soon.

He is reported to be interested in playing competitive football till he is 40, and Mark Hughes is glad to extend him a hand with a new contract to elongate his contract with the Potters.

“I think people concentrate too much on his age, in terms of where he is in his career,” Hughes said in a press conference on Friday.

“It is a credit to him that he is playing at the level he is. I may be doing him a disservice saying he is 37, but he has at least two or three more years at this level. We will more than likely offer him another deal very soon. We would like to think that he will be here for a long time – I will probably speak to him today about it actually.

“Peter is an exceptional player and a great guy as well.”

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