Pitroipa was minutes away from joining Stoke


Burkina Faso attacker Jonathan Pitroipa has explained why his proposed switch from Rennes to Stoke fell through at the last minute.

Many thought the Potters  had landed the midfielder on transfer deadline day and were shocked when it was revealed that a deal could not be reached.

Stoke City FC quickly moved to clarify the situation, insisting that his agent was not to blame. Now the 27-year-old midfielder has also added his voice.

“Contrary to what has been said, it was not due to my agent that I didn’t join Stoke, but due to intermediaries appointed by Rennes on that case,” Pitroipa is quoted as saying by L’Equipe.

Jonathan Pitroipa emerged as Most Valuable Player in the 2013 AFCON where he helped Burkina Faso to the finals.