What Stoke City Have Told Ibrahim Afellay Is Blunt And Brutal
Once one of the top talents in European football, and a man who has six league titles across Holland, Spain and Greece to his name, Ibrahim Afellay's career has hit rock-bottom.
The former Barcelona man's arrival at Stoke City in 2015 was hailed as a coup but it's not been a productive time for the ex-Netherlands international, who has been hampered by knee injuries.
He made just three starts last term and his lack of game-time has continued this season, where he has featured on a mere six occasions.
Affelay's last appearance came in a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Chelsea in December and the latest bit of information surrounding him suggests he won't play another game for the Potters.
As per John Percy from The Telegraph, manager Paul Lambert has told the 31-year old to stay away from the club for their remaining seven games.
Stoke are second from bottom in the Premier League, three points away from safety. Afellay has been told his services are not required, with Lambert unhappy with how his attitude and performance levels in training.
Ibrahim #Afellay has been banned from #StokeCity's 1st team. The Dutch international will be training with the U19 for the coming weeks. Manager Paul Lambert feels Afellay, who has been struggling with injuries, lacks motivation and has a low work ethic on training. pic.twitter.com/fjv5VmFZGV- Football Info (@FootInsideNet) March 29, 2018
Afellay signed a new two-year contract extension in March 2017 and he still has over a year before his £30,000-a-week deal expires. However, given his current situation, his representatives are likely to request a mutual termination so that he can become a free agent in the summer.