Wilfried Bony has said he is focused on Stoke and not thinking about a return to Man City when his loan deal ends.
Before Stoke’s trip to Crystal Palace, Bony said: “I spoke to my agent and to Pep [Guardiola], and to me it was clear to have the opportunity to play one season without an injury, I had the opportunity to come here [to Stoke] and to play, and that was the best thing.
“I have a contract with Man City. I am on loan here and I want to do my best, so I am focused on Stoke. The rest I don’t know what will happen but the most important thing for me is to focus on where I am now.”
Bony, who joined City in a £28m deal from Swansea in January 2015, said injuries were to blame for his inconsistent form at the Etihad.
“At Swansea [I played my best] because I was playing all year, all the time,” Bony added. “It was different compared to Man City.
“Before I arrived there I knew I wasn’t going to play every game, but I didn’t know I would get a lot of injuries like what happened. I had a good three or four months until December but then I got injured again that kept me off the pitch for two months.
“It was quite difficult to come back and try to be my best. It’s important to play. It was a very hard time for me but it’s in the past now.