Scholes: Whelan a magnificent servant

Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes has praised talismanic midfielder Glenn Whelan for the consistent performances he's put in at the club.

The 33-year-old signed for the Potters in January 2008 from Sheffield Wednesday and has since become a mainstay in the midfield.

"You could almost argue that Glenn goes down pound-for-pound as one of our best-ever signings, given the appearances he's made," Scholes told the Stoke Sentinel.

"Every summer we bring players in and Glenn maintains his position. He's been a magnificent servant and I'm sure will remain so unless that situation changes. 

"He has been, and is, a magnificent servant of the club and everybody connected with the club thinks the world of Glenn and what he has done.

"You just need to look at his record. His record over nine-and-a-half years at this club has just been incredible."

The Irishman made 30 Premier League appearances for Mark Hughes' side last season, but may be on his way out following the signing of Darren Fletcher from West Brom.