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Whitehead uncertain over Stoke future

May 8, 2013
By Ian Edwards

Dean Whitehead remains uncertain as to whether he will remain at Stoke City beyond the end of the season.

Dean Whitehead
GettyImagesDean Whitehead will be out of contract this summer

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Whitehead is out of contract in the summer and serious talks over a possible new deal have been shelved until at least after Sunday’s visit of Tottenham, which could see Stoke secure their Premier League survival.

The 31-year-old midfielder, who is waiting to see whether he will be summoned to action again after deputising for the injured Glenn Whelan on Monday, insists he is not uptight about the uncertainty over his future.

“I’m quite relaxed about the situation,” he said. “I have spoken to the manager a few times and am happy to see what happens in the next few weeks. Of course I want to stay.

“This is a great club and a great team, but I’m not getting any younger and I haven’t played as many games as I’d have liked.”

Whitehead has recovered from an opening-day red card at Reading to play nearly 30 times for Stoke this season and take his tally of appearances for the club well past 150.

He is dissatisfied, though, that only ten of those outings have been Premier League starts.

He has fallen below Whelan and Steven Nzonzi in the pecking order, while the signing of the more attack-minded Charlie Adam in August has placed another obstacle in the way of a regular starting place.

“That’s football,” he added. “The lads have been doing well. Glenn, Steve and Charlie have all done well and I’ve had to take it on the chin.”