Wimmer keen for long-term Hannover stay

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Hannover 96 loan star Kevin Wimmer has admitted he would like to make his stay a permanent one and does not want to return to Stoke.

The 25-year-old has penned a season-long loan deal with Die Roten, with the option of making it a permanent fixture for £10.5m after falling out of favour at the bet365 Stadium.

The Austria international defender moved to the Potters from Tottenham in the summer of 2017 and made 17 appearances in the first half of the season under Mark Hughes, but Paul Lambert’s arrival saw him out of the first-team picture completely and he watched from the sidelines as Stoke suffered relegation.

He will play no part in Gary Rowett’s Championship side and told the Hannoversche Allgemeine that it is his intention to stay at the HDI-Arena beyond his loan spell.

‘I want to spend more than a year in the Bundesliga and stay at 96. If possible I don’t want to go back to Stoke,’ he said.

‘I’m more of a defender who wants to play the ball from the back. I made 17 appearances in the first half of the season and we were not in a relegation spot.

‘Then came the coaching change and the new manager had a very different idea of football, always playing long and chasing the second ball.’