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OFFICIAL: Wilfried Bony joins Stoke City on loan
Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony has joined Stoke City on a season-long loan deal, the Potters announced on Wednesday.
The Ivorian international joined Manchester City in 2015 after completing a £28 million move from Swansea. Bony however didn’t get enough playing time at City and made only 15 league starts since joining the club.
After announcing the transfer, Stoke manager Mark Hughes praised Bony and referred to the club’s decision to sign him as a “no-brainer”.
“He has power, speed and very good physical attributes which will undoubtedly help us, and his technical and finishing skills are outstanding too,” Hughes said.
The coach said that everybody knows Wilfried’s abilities and that the 27-year-old knows the Premier League well and has scored plenty of goals.
“It was no surprise that one of the bigger clubs came in for him on the back of his performances for Swansea – the only surprise has been that he didn’t enjoy the success with Manchester City that we all thought he would,” he added.
Meanwhile, Bony used his Twitter account to express his excitement after completing his move to Stoke. “It’s a new day and I look forward to a new exciting challenge,” the player tweeted.
— Wilfried Bony (@wilfriedbony) August 31, 2016
Stoke, who lost 4-1 to Manchester City two weeks ago, sit on the bottom of the Premier League table after collecting only one point from the first three game weeks.