Jonathan Walters has hit out after reports earlier today suggested he was holding Stoke to ransom over a new contract. The Ireland attacker spoke to reporters in the aftermath of Saturday's 1-1 draw with Scotland. One question concerned his future at club level and Walters was quoted by the Stoke Sentinel as being rather up front about his demands.
Talks are on-going over a contract, but we are not where I want to be. I want to get this sorted.
I am not the type who wants this sort of thing hanging over me. I have done well enough to earn that over the last few years. From the right wing I have scored the most Premier League goals for Stoke.
Stats wise, I'm also the fittest. I probably have the lowest body fat, so I have a good few years left in me yet. I have been good enough to be in the team, but I am not near the top earner.
In isolation, that certainly seems as if Walters is looking for an improved deal. As Walters says, he is more than likely entitled to that given that he has been one of Stoke's most consistent performers. However, Walters is not happy with the article that emerged from those quotes.
The Sentinel article has since been updated to focus on Walters' tweet, however, it had earlier focused on the belief that Walters future with Stoke was up in the air. Something which the Ireland attacker obviously wasn't too happy about.