Stoke boss Mark Hughes says there was never any danger of Mame Diouf leaving to join Norwich or anyone else in January.
Diouf has struggled to break into the Potters side on a regular basis this season and the Canaries were among the clubs keen to offer him the opportunity of more regular first-team football.
However Stoke boss Mark Hughes knocked back all bids and it turned out to be a good decision as the striker returned to the side and scored in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Saturday.
Hughes says he never had any intention of cashing in on the former Manchester United star and insists he is part of his plans moving forward.
“There was never any danger of Mam leaving,” Hughes revealed. “He’s had to be patient and hasn’t had too many opportunities down the middle.
“He’s been out wide, left, right, full back, but has got on with it. He won’t disappoint himself, he’ll keep picking himself up and get going again, giving everything for the team and that’s all you want from the players.”