This star credits Stoke with bringing his career back from the dead

And boss Mark Hughes is hoping that gratitude is rewarded by the Austrian international signing a new deal.

The 26-year-old, one of Hughes’ first signings, arrived with a reputation for trouble after an unhappy spell at Inter Milan.

The £2.6m signing has plenty to smile about these days – he’s Stoke’s top scorer with 10 and his wife and two daughters are settled in rural Cheshire.

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