Whelan rules out Stoke exit

  • Last Updated: September 3 2012, 10:53 BST

Glenn Whelan is determined to fight for a first-team place at Stoke despite increased competition in the midfield.

Glenn Whelan: Not looking to leave

The Potters brought in Charlie Adam, Steven Nzonzi and Maurice Edu before the transfer window closed and Whelan was being linked with a deadline-day move to Wolves.

However, the 28-year-old says he was unaware of any interest from the Molineux club and would not have been interested in a move.

"I only just signed a new deal in January and I am here to fight for my spot," said the Republic of Ireland international.

"There are midfielders coming in, so then you think some will be going out, but so long as I have a chance of playing I will keep working hard and trying to impress the manager.

"It was never a case of me wanting to leave. If I wanted to leave Stoke I would be the person to say it, or the manager."