Giannelli Imbula has claimed that the worst decision in his career was joining Stoke City.
The midfielder had joined the Potters in a club record deal. He signed for £18.3 million from Porto back in 2016 when Stoke were in the Premier League.
Since dropping down to the Championship the 26-year-old has fallen out of favour. The former PSG academy player was relegated on loan at a Rayo Vallecano side who finished bottom last season.
He hasn’t had the best of times since joining Stoke, he even spent the season the Potters were relegated out on loan at Toulouse.
In a revealing interview with RMC Sport, Imbula said: “The worst choice (of my career) was to come to Stoke. I could have been a little more patient in Porto, trying to adapt to the championship… especially as we had changed coaches.
“I could have had the opportunity to play. The most unfortunate choice, I think was Stoke.”
The midfielder is now training with the Under-23s instead of the first-team.
Here’s how Stoke’s supporters reacted to Imbula’s comments…
Well well well,
The sheer arrogance of his comment tells you all you need to know about Imbula,
And he calls himself a professional footballer 🤔
— The Vintage Kitchen (@VintageKitchCo) August 15, 2019
But they stayed for the battle. yes bojan was hard done to but the likes of imbula and wimmer berainhno have done nothing but damage the good that club had built up.. each club has a bad time but the media is now full of ex stoke players which shows that the club had some stature
— AndyB (@AndyB73) August 16, 2019
We've had some wasters over the years but Imbula you are one of the worst !!!! Get yourself gone 👋
— Chris Davies (@Chrisscfc59) August 15, 2019
I remember the United away game after imbula signed.
"Imbula, imbula, is taking us to Europe, to Europe.."
How wrong we were.
— Matt Edge (@Kingstokie) August 15, 2019
The bloke is bone idle. The transfers of Imbula, Wimmer and Jese all tie in with our decline. The sooner Imbula and Wimmer are away from Stoke the better. Atrocious attitudes to the club and fans.
— Dan (@danrowley2601) August 15, 2019
Another abomination from the scouting team
— Charlie Bester (@JugBankStokie) August 15, 2019
Well, one of them anyway.
— o (@DavidRoyTaylor) August 15, 2019