Sidibe pens new Potters contract

Sidibe has made a successful return to action this season after a

cruciate ligament injury and has netted once in 10 Premier League

appearances. He has scored a total of 25 goals in 167 games since

joining the Potters from Gillingham in 2005 and the Malian is

delighted to have secured a new two-year deal. “I am very happy

here and so I didn’t have to think twice about it when I was asked

about a new contract,” the 30-year-old told the club’s official

website. “The best of my football has been here and the dreams I

have achieved have been with Stoke. “I am also very happy in the

area. I didn’t want to go anywhere else. When you have been

somewhere for five years, then it is not easy to leave.” Stoke boss

Tony Pulis added: “Everyone knows what I think of Mama. He has been

a key part of this football club’s modern day success and he is a

fantastic guy to have around the place. “He doesn’t score the

amount of goals we would all like him to, but he is vitally

important to how we play. “He never gives anything less than 110%

and if you ask the rest of the lads about him they all love having

him in the team. “It’s great news that he has signed a new deal and

his fantastic efforts since signing five years ago have warranted

this.”