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Glenn Whelan game for the fight

GLENN WHELAN says he is determined to fight for his place at Stoke and denied suggestions that he was interested in a deadline day move to Wolves WRITES DANIEL McDONNELL.

The Championship club made a late £3m offer, but the Dubliner, who only agreed a new contract last January, said it was never on the cards.

He started the club's draw with Wigan at the weekend although he faces extra competition after the signings of Charlie Adam, Maurice Edu and Steven Nzonzi.

"I got a few text messages but I signed a new deal in January and I'm at Stoke to fight for my spot. There are midfielders coming in, so then you think some will be going out, but so long as I have a chance of playing I will keep working hard and trying to impress the manager.

"It was never a case of me wanting to leave. If I wanted to leave Stoke I would be the person to say it, or the manager."

Irish Independent