London (AFP) – Ivory Coast international striker Wilfried Bony says his prolonged omission from the Stoke team is “painful” as he continues to be overlooked for selection by manager Mark Hughes.
The 28-year-old — who has scored just twice in 11 games since his loan move from Manchester City last August — added he had turned down a move to China in January’s transfer window because he wants to prove he has the quality still to succeed.
Aside from a superb spell at Swansea after impressing in Dutch football Bony has struggled since City signed him from the Swans for £28 million (32.7m euros, $34.3m) in January 2015.
“When you hear everything is fine and you don’t play, it’s crazy,” Bony told the BBC’s World Football programme.
“It is more than difficult.
“This is something that I want to know why, the coach told me I’m training very well and my attitude is very good. It doesn’t make sense. It’s painful.”
Bony, who has not played for Stoke since the end of December, said he had told his agent to reject the Chinese offer.
“My agent told me there was an offer but I refused to go because my plan is to stay in the UK to show more — to show that I’m not at the end.”
25+ Channels With Sports & News
- Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
- Watch Premier League, Liga MX, MLS & World Cup
- Includes ESPN, FOX, Univision, TUDN and more
Favorite Leagues At The Best Price
- Starting price: $7.99/mo. for Live TV Package
- Watch Argentine league, Brasileirāo and Copa Libertadores
- Includes beIN SPORTS, GolTV, TyC Sports and more
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
- Price: $6.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
- Features LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, Copa del Rey & more
- Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
Live TV, Soccer & Originals
- Starting price: $4.99/mo.
- Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & more
- Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
- Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
- Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
- Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more
Get All 3 And Save 30%
- $13.99/mo. for ESPN+, Disney+ & Hulu
- Includes Bundesliga, LaLiga, NHL & the home to UFC
- Features Marvel, Star Wars + shows & movies for your entire family