Pennant planning Potters stay

There have been rumours that the winger would move on in this

transfer window but he is adamant he is in no rush to leave.

Pennant said: “I’m in no rush to be going anywhere. I’ve not

asked to leave and the club has not given a signal they want me to

leave.

“As soon as the transfer window is over then I won’t have to

answer these questions any more, and everyone will know I’ll be

here.

“It’s frustrating for any player. You always want to start and

play 90 minutes, but if it’s not happening then you have to keep

plugging away.

“If you then get 40 minutes and you make some contribution to

the game, then brilliant, like I have done in the last two games

when I’ve come on and made a goal.

“Everyone knows what I’m capable of – I do as well – so when I

get my chance, I’ll take it.

“The manager and I haven’t really spoken about why I’m not

playing or when I’m going to play.

“He’s picking the team and it’s doing well, but I’m sure when

I’m needed I’ll get that first-choice nod.”

Pennant has been making an impact as a substitute – he turned

Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round match against Derby in Stoke’s

favour by creating the opening goal – and he is now pushing for a

place in the starting XI at Manchester United.

He warned however that United will be in dangerous mood after

their defeat by Liverpool at the weekend.

He added: “It’s going to be a difficult game. They’ll be going

into the game on the back of the defeat to Liverpool, so they’re

going to be fired up.

“Going to Old Trafford is never an easy place to go, but they

are beatable. Blackburn proved it.

“If we go there, and with our style of play being a bit

physical, hopefully we can dominate that part of the game and we’ll

see what happens.

“We’ll field a strong team and we’ll go there positive. If we

look at our record against the big teams, we seem to do well

against them.”