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Tuesday media watch [03.09.13 PM]: Ireland relishing Stoke chance
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3rd Sep 2013
Tuesday media watch [03.09.13 PM]: Ireland relishing Stoke chance


*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.

Sporting Life: Stephen Ireland believes being reunited with Mark Hughes will revitalise his career. Stoke manager Hughes has signed the midfielder on a season-long loan from Aston Villa, where he was failing to make any headway under boss Paul Lambert. Hughes and Ireland previously worked together at Manchester City during the latter's time at the club from June 2008 to December 2009. Speaking to the official Stoke website, Ireland said: "I had a great relationship with Mark at Manchester City and I was desperate to work with him and his staff again. "Mark knows how I play and how to get the best out of me."

Sky Sports: Stephen Ireland hopes Mark Hughes will help him get his career back on track after being reunited with the Welshman at Stoke. Ireland previously worked under Hughes at Manchester City and was delighted to link up with the Potters boss on a season-long loan from Aston Villa. The 27-year-old midfielder has made just 57 appearances for Villa since joining from City in an £8m move three years ago and has not featured in the side since January. Ireland hopes to become a regular starter for Stoke, but admits he must firstly prove his worth to Hughes.

RTE: Stephen Ireland believes being reunited with Mark Hughes will revitalise his career. Stoke manager Hughes has signed the midfielder on a season-long loan from Aston Villa, where he was failing to make any headway under boss Paul Lambert. Hughes and Ireland previously worked together at Manchester City during the latter's time at the club from June 2008 to December 2009. Speaking to the official Stoke website, Ireland said: "I had a great relationship with Mark at Manchester City and I was desperate to work with him and his staff again. "Mark knows how I play and how to get the best out of me."

Goal.com: Stephen Ireland says that he decided to join Stoke City on deadline day in order to revive his stop-start career. The 27-year-old midfielder has joined the Potters on a season-long loan from Aston Villa and is hungry for a return to the first-team spotlight, having not made a Villa appearance since January. Ireland believes that working with Mark Hughes for the second time in his career will help him get his performances back on track. "I had a great relationship with Mark at Manchester City and I was desperate to work with him and his staff again," he told the club's official website. "I'm raring to go and can't wait to meet my new team-mates."

FourFourTwo: Stoke City owner Peter Coates feels recent signings Marko Arnautovic and Stephen Ireland can bring their careers back to life at the club. Austria international Arnautovic has moved to the Britannia Stadium on a four-year deal on Sunday, while Ireland arrived on deadline day from Aston Villa on a season-long loan. The former Republic of Ireland international struggled to nail down a regular spot at Villa Park, making 57 appearances over three years at the club and found himself out of Paul Lambert's plans for the new season. Arnautovic was described as having the "attitude of a child" by Jose Mourinho during a loan spell at Inter and was also reported to have had a fight with former Werder Bremen team-mate Sokratis Papastathopoulos during training last season. However, Coates is confident that manager Mark Hughes can mould both into quality performers for Stoke.

Express & Star: Villa manager Paul Lambert today hailed his final recruit to the club's most dramatic summer of business for nearly 20 years. Czech Republic international Libor Kozak arrived for £7m to add to the £10m-plus bill for Lambert's six other recruits during the close season. The 24-year-old, who was largely ignored for Serie A duty at Lazio last season but made a name for himself with 10 goals in the Europa League, has been brought in to share the goalscoring burden with Christian Benteke. Kozak, a powerful 6ft 3in front man, arrived as Lambert sent out midfielder Stephen Ireland on a season-long loan to Stoke and sold Barry Bannan to Crystal Palace for around £1.75m.

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BBC Sport: Manchester United failed in a late move for Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao, it has been confirmed. Manager David Moyes tried to get the 25-year-old on loan after being unsuccessful with a move for Everton's Leighton Baines.

Sky Sports: Sami Khedira has admitted that Real Madrid rejected a €40million (£33.9m) bid for him from Manchester United. Real allowed Mesut Ozil to join Arsenal in a €50million (£42.4m) deal following the arrival of Gareth Bale from Tottenham for a world-record fee, but they were reluctant to sell Khedira.

BBC Sport: Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is relishing Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil's arrival at the club. The Gunners broke their transfer record with the £42.4m signing of 24-year-old Ozil from Real Madrid.

*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.

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