Olic confirms he hopes to join Stoke City in the summer

Ivica Olic has confirmed he has plenty of offers to consider during the summer, but a move to Stoke City remains his number one option.

The 34-year-old is out of contract at Wolfsburg at the end of the season, and feels he can still do a job for another top-flight side. And his stats for this term would certainly back this up, as he has featured in 22 of their Bundesliga matches to date, of which 19 have been from a starting berth, whilst he remains a key player for his country.

Olic claims he has interest from clubs in the United States and Qatar, which are likely to be hugely lucrative for him, whilst former club Hamburg are also said to be keen. However, Stoke have also expressed an interest in signing the striker, and he admits that given the choice, he would jump at the chance of a switch to England.

“There are many rumours about my future,” he told Jutarnji List. “The press are talking about me moving to United States, to Qatar, but Stoke City remains my first choice. They are very serious and it would be really nice to play against Manchester United, Liverpool and other great English clubs. But nothing is signed yet so anything can happen. I also have some offers from Germany, even my former club Hamburg wants me. Never say never, right now the only thing I can say is that I will make my decision this month.”

Potters manager Mark Hughes, speaking before the impressive 1-0 win over Arsenal on Saturday afternoon which lifted to 13th place in the table and six points clear of the relegation zone, admitted his interest in Olic. He said: “It is fair to say he is an interesting player – one I have faced in the past and have always been impressed with. There is an interest there and we will see how it progresses.”


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