Winger rules out Potters departure
Jermaine Pennant has played down talk that he could be heading for the Stoke exit door this summer after a start-stop season.
The 29-year-old was dropped earlier in the campaign for breaching club rules which prompted speculation about his future at the Britannia Stadium.
However, the former Arsenal and Liverpool winger is adamant a move away from the Potters is the last thing on his mind and he fully expects to return with the rest of the squad in July for a gruelling pre-season.
Pennant still has a year to run on his existing contract although he is confident his stay will be extended for another year due to an appearance clause in the agreement.
"I am still here, no-one has said anything about leaving and I am not going to leave," he told The Sentinel.
"I'm going to return in July for pre-season training - although I'm not looking forward to that!
"I've still got another year on my contract and then another year kicks in after appearances, so I could eventually have two years left."
Pennant has also stressed that he has got no problems with Tony Pulis despite recently appearing to criticise his manager on Twitter after being asked to play as a wing-back against Wigan.
He claims his comments were twisted by a journalist after voicing his frustration about the result and that all is well between the pair.
Pennant added: "In the Wigan game we didn't push on as much, the team were doing a lot of defending and so was I.
"My best position is pushing forward and getting crosses in, but we were on the back foot a lot and we didn't play the greatest football.
"When I said what I did, I meant I spent most of the game defending and playing as a wing-back.
"Someone wanted to make a story from it, but the gaffer understood what I was trying to say.
"He quashed any story about that. He didn't speak to me about it, he was fine with it."