Joe Allen ‘will leave Stoke on a free this summer after rejecting a new deal, with a return to Swansea a possible option’ as Wales midfielder seeks first-team football ahead of the World Cup
- Wales international Joe Allen will leave Stoke City after declining a new contract
- The midfielder spent six years at the club after leaving Liverpool for £13.95m
- Allen is now a free agent and Swansea City is reportedly a possible destination
Joe Allen will leave Stoke City after six years, having declined a new contract at the Championship side.
The Welsh international midfielder is now free to hold talks with any club as a free agent, and according to reports from the Telegraph, Swansea is a potential destination.
The 32-year-old joined Stoke from Liverpool in 2016 on a £13.95million deal in the early stages of Reds boss Jurgen Klopp’s squad overhaul, making way for Georginio Wijnaldum’s arrival from Newcastle.
Joe Allen leaves Stoke City after six seasons, 220 games and 20 goals at the bet365 Stadium
In six seasons at the bet365Stadium Allen played 220 games, scoring 20 and assisting 19 from midfield.
And despite his age, Allen showcased his ability to control a game with another gutsy performance against Ukraine to help end his country’s 64-year wait for a World Cup place – with Swansea’s head coach Russell Martin watching on in Cardiff.
And having got his side to the Qatar World Cup, Allen will want plenty of game time in preparation for the tournament, which is something he will be assured of at Swansea.
However, for a deal to be made with the veteran player, Swansea will likely have to raise funds through player sales to bring the player back to his first club.
Allen helped Swansea win promotion first to the Championship and then the Premier League
Having started his professional career with the Swans, the former Liverpool midfielder was part of the side that won promotion to the Championship as League One winners in 2008, before helping them to the Premier League for the first time in 2011.
And Allen is not the only member of the Welsh side that qualified for Qatar that could be moving back to his home country this summer.
Talismanic forward Gareth Bale has been linked with a sensational move to Championship side Cardiff City, after he was spotted at the Bluebirds’ training base on Wednesday.
Wales talisman Gareth Bale was photographed at Cardiff City’s training base on Wednesday
Bale has revealed he is not concerned about the quality of the side he plays for next season as he looks to get regular football ahead of the World Cup in November, having ended his nine-year stay at Real Madrid.
The five-time Champions League winning forward had talks with Steve Morison over a potential move, and has insinuated that a much-anticipated decision on his future will come before his return from holiday on July 16.
However, although Bale’s future is yet uncertain, a move to Cardiff is still considered to be unlikely.
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