The Potters confirmed the news on their official Twitter feed on Thursday, posting an accompanying image of the forward penning his new deal:
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Bojan agrees new four-and-a-half year contract with the Potters - https://t.co/oAtela7ZzU #SCFC https://t.co/j4VBA7ID5t2016-2-11 14:05:10
Bojan has become a huge hit at the Britannia Stadium since signing for Stoke in the summer of 2014. After spells with Barcelona, Roma and on loan with AC Milan, the 25-year-old has brought some much-needed flair to Mark Hughes’ side.
As WhoScored.com notes here, there are many positive attributes to enjoy when it comes to Bojan, who is an extremely gifted attacker:
Bojan: Characteristics - strengths, weaknesses, style of play #scfc https://t.co/58H7oAVGIj2016-2-11 14:15:36
He’s started to rediscover his best at the Britannia Stadium. After failing to scale the heights so many expected at Barcelona, it seemed as though the Spain international would be another teenage prodigy whose star completely faded, especially having struggled with the aforementioned Italian giants.
However, he’s become a symbol of Hughes’ new-look City side, which favours expansive and open attacking football. At the core of this setup, he’s flourished.
Last season seemed set to be a stormer for Bojan until he suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in January 2015, ruling him out for almost the entirety of the remainder of the campaign. Despite the serious nature of the problem, as Squawka Football notes, he’s been in fine form during the 2015-16 term:
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Bojan's Premier League season by numbers: 86% pass accuracy 22 shots 21 chances created 5 goals 1 assist https://t.co/LZwkljLDG02016-2-11 14:13:26
For Stoke, having Bojan commit is a huge positive, especially with rumours surfacing earlier this year suggesting the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea were keen on landing him, per Toby Gannon of the Sun.
But it would have been unwise for Bojan to ponder a move elsewhere yet. Stoke may not be the most glamorous of football clubs in comparison to other teams he has represented, but at the moment, they’re helping this wonderful player perform to the standards so many hoped he would when bursting onto the scene at the Camp Nou.