Mario Vrancic in action in Norwich City’s 4-1 win over Stoke at Carrow Road in February
– Photo credit: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Ltd
Mario Vrancic says Stoke City’s “big ambitions” helped convince him that the Potters were the best option after leaving Norwich City.
Vrancic was fired from Norwich, after the promotion to the Premier League was confirmed after four seasons with the Canaries and played his role in two championship titles.
The news of his imminent arrival in Staffordshire broke over the weekend and was broadcast this morning by the championship club confirmed by signing a one-year contract.
On Stoke’s website, Vrancic said, “I’m very happy, I can’t wait to get started. Obviously, Stoke City is a big club. I had a great chat with Alex Aldridge (Head of Recruiting), Rich (Smith, Managing Director) Director) and the Manager (Michael O’Neill).
“I am convinced that we share the same values, the same philosophy and of course have big ambitions. That’s why I chose Stoke. “
Vrancic celebrated his 32nd birthday at the end of last month and has decided to stay in England after 17 goals and 15 assists in 134 games for City since he was signed by second division Darmstadt for around £ 650,000 in the summer of 2017.
We spoke to the Bosnian national team & Herzegovina after his last appearance in the Canary Islands in May when he drew 2-2 started in Barnsley and he had suggested staying in England.
Stoke boss O’Neill also said on the club’s official website: “Mario is a player who will add another dimension to our midfield and so am I. b I am sure that our fans will really enjoy watching him play.
“He has a lot of experience with the championship and knows what it takes to be successful in the division. We are happy that he has chosen us. ”
Stoke finished 14th in the championship last season, 17 points behind the play-offs and 17 points before relegation problems, in the first full season of the former Northern Ireland boss O’Neill.
O’Neill succeeded Nathan Jones in November 2019 and led her to safety in midfield. After spending 10 straight seasons in the Premier League, the Potters are now in their fourth year in the championship.
On Stoke’s style of play and playing for O’Neill, Vrancic added, “We talked about football and how he wants to play and stuff. It fits my style and that’s why I’m convinced and how he convinced me to come stir up. “
The standard expert prepared Todd Cantwell’s kick-off with a classic heel when Stoke was in February was beaten 4-1 in Carrow Road by the later champions.
That was part of a last season with City, which brought three goals and five assists in 34 games, including 19 appearances for the former Mainz midfielder, Paderborn and Borussia Dortmund II.
When asked if he spoke to national player Asmir Begovic about the move with the Bournemouth goalkeeper at Stoke between 2010 and 2015, he said: “I have spoken to him before, but offensive Obviously I played against you a couple of times – and we were very calm. ” successful against Stoke!
“But afterwards I talked to my former teammates and they told me a lot about Stoke and also convinced me of this huge club.”
The former German U20 international comes after confirmation the departure of veteran midfielder John Obi Mikel last week and recent signings from Watford defender Ben Wilmot and Gillingham goalkeeper Jack Bonham.
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