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Inside FutbolInside Futbol

19/05/2019 - 21:59 BST

No One’s Called, Expected More Respect From Stoke City – Potters Star On Loan Spell In France


Erik Pieters has revealed that no one from Stoke City has been in touch with him during his loan spell at French club Amiens, something he did not expect.

The left-back fell out of favour at Stoke after the arrival of Nathan Jones as manager earlier this season and was shipped out to Amiens in the January transfer window.


Pieters has featured regularly in the French top flight, making 13 appearances for Amiens, but he revealed that no one from Stoke has been in touch.

And the Dutchman feels that after clocking more than 200 appearances for the Potters, no contact signals a shocking lack of respect.

"At Stoke I have had good and bad times", Pieters told Dutch magazine ELF Voetbal.

"I still have contact with some boys, such as Bruno Martins Indi.

"But it does bother me that nobody from the club has asked how I am doing at Amiens.

"I expected more respect after more than 200 matches for Stoke.

"It does not seem difficult just to pick up the phone.

"But yes, that's also the football world, isn't it?"

Jones took over at Stoke in January and Pieters admits the writing was quickly on the wall over his prospects.

And the Dutchman found himself wondering why Jones was playing non specialist left-backs ahead of him in training.

"I soon realised that the new manager did not like me.

"During training he put a central defender or a left half at left-back, the position where I have played for years.

"They were also boys who never or hardly every played there.

"I thought 'what is he doing?'"

Pieters, who is tipped to move to pastures new in the summer, is still involved in a battle against relegation with Amiens; the French side finish their campaign at home against Guingamp.