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Cuvelier signs new Stoke deal

Stoke City midfielder Florent Cuvelier has signed a new two-year contract at the Britannia Stadium, with the option of an extra year to see him remain at the club until the end of the 2014/15 season.

Cuvelier, 19, joined the Potters from Portsmouth in 2010, having attracted interest from the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham, but is yet to make his debut for Tony Pulis' time.

The young Belgian spent the end of the last campaign on loan at League One side Walsall, for whom he scored four goals in 18 appearances, and will now look to push on into the Stoke first-team set-up.

"I am absolutely delighted to have agreed a new contract here and I am already looking forward to the new season. This is another big step in my career, and my next aim is to work as hard as I can to impress the management and then hopefully get a chance in the first team," he told Stoke's official website.

"The loan spell I had with Walsall has really benefited me, and I do feel better player because of that. Playing in front of 20,000 supporters at the likes of Hillsborough and Valley Parade has whetted my appetite to succeed more than ever, and I will be working as hard as ever to impress (Stoke manager) Tony Pulis and the rest of the backroom staff.''

He added: "There were offers from other football clubs so this was a big decision for me, but I am certain that I have made the right choice.''

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