Stoke City: I'll fight for my Potters place, vows Whelan
GLENN Whelan wants to stay and fight for his place at Stoke, despite the influx of midfielders at the Britannia Stadium.
The Republic of Ireland international was heavily linked to a move to Wolves on deadline day, but says he was never offered the chance to move to Molineux – and didn't want to go.
Instead, he's determined to battle for a first-team spot in an overcrowded central midfield department which includes new signings Charlie Adam, Maurice Edu and Steven Nzonzi.
Whelan said he wasn't aware of deadline-day interest from Wolves.
He explained: "I didn't hear a thing. I came out of training on Friday and a fan said it to me. I said, 'no I'm going home'.
"I got a few text messages, but I only just signed a new deal in January and I am here to fight for my spot.
"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."
Whelan played 90 minutes in Saturday's 2-2 draw at Wigan, with Adam coming on as a 36th-minute substitute.
Edu was an unused substitute and Nzonzi watched from the directors' box having not been signed in time to play.
Whelan said: "Everyone knows the quality that Charlie has. He has a terrific left foot. Steven suits Stoke and the way we play because he is a big lad and he will put himself about.
"There is major competition. All the lads are raring to go and fight for the spots. There are six or seven of us now and it's only good. We know that if we are not putting it in the games or in training then these lads are going to step in."
Whelan felt City were unlucky not to claim all three points on Saturday, even though they had to come from behind twice.
The result leaves them with three draws from their opening three league games, ahead of two of their toughest matches of the season, at home to Manchester City and away to Chelsea.
Whelan said: "Overall a point away from home is a good result. We are unbeaten, but we need that first win and we need to get it as soon as possible."