Bony coy on City return

Striker Wilfried Bony hasn't ruled out a return to Manchester City when his loan deal with Stoke City comes to an end at the end of the season.

The Ivorian international joined Mark Hughes' side on transfer deadline day and made his debut for his new club during last week's 4-0 loss to Tottenham.

The 27-year-old admitted that his time with the Citizens had been somewhat disappointing to date but hopes that a run of games will see him return to the sort of form that netted him 25 goals in 43 starts for former club Swansea.

"I spoke to my agent and to Pep [Guardiola], and to me it was clear to have the opportunity to play one season without an injury," Bony told Sky Sports.

"I had the opportunity to come here [to Stoke] and to play, and that was the best thing.

"I have a contract with Man City. I am on loan here and I want to do my best, so I am focused on Stoke. The rest I don't know what will happen but the most important thing for me is to focus on where I am now."

Bony also accredited a host of injuries as the reason why he was unable to replicate his best form at the Etihad.

"At Swansea [I played my best] because I was playing all year, all the time," he continued. "It was different compared to Man City.

"Before I arrived there I knew I wasn't going to play every game, but I didn't know I would get a lot of injuries like what happened. I had a good three or four months until December but then I got injured again that kept me off the pitch for two months.

"It was quite difficult to come back and try to be my best. It's important to play. It was a very hard time for me but it's in the past now.

"For me, the present is Stoke and I want to focus on that."