Stoke City may well have seen the last of Senegalese midfielder Badou Ndiaye, after his agent William D’Avila indicated that the 28-year-old has played his last game at the bet365 Stadium, and is keen to make his loan move to Galatasaray permanent.
D’Avila told Turkish radio station Radvospor that “Ndiaye wants to win the title this season with Galatasaray. One thing for certain is that he will not return to Stoke City at the end of the season. He loves Galatasaray and it’s a place that he always loves.”
The saga may not end there though, with Ndiaye contracted to Stoke until 2022 and with questions remaining as to whether Galatasaray are prepared to pay the player’s asking price.
So how big a blow would it be to the Potters if Ndiaye did not return to the club?
“He’s reflective of a different time.
“They’re a Championship side now and have to cut their cloth accordingly.
“They can do without him, 100%.”
“I don’t think he’ll be a big miss.
“N’Diaye wouldn’t be an upgrade on what Stoke currently have and they’d be making the right move in shifting him off the wage bill.
“This is the best move for both parties.”
“He hasn’t played a part in Stoke’s season, so not a blow at all.
“N’Diaye wants out; the club want him gone, am sure the fans want rid of him, too.
“It will be best for all parties if a mutual agreement is made and he exits the club in the summer.”