Muniesa extends Stoke stay

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Stoke City have received a welcome boost on the eve of the new Premier League campaign with Marc Muniesa signing a contract extension

Marc Muniesa has signed a four-year contract extension with Stoke City, keeping him at the Britannia Stadium until 2019.

The 23-year-old has chalked up nearly 40 first-team appearances for Mark Hughes's side since arriving on a free transfer from Barcelona in 2013, despite missing a large chunk of last season with a hamstring injury.

Muniesa is expected to start at centre-back for Stoke's first game of the new Premier League campaign, which sees them host Liverpool on Sunday, with captain Ryan Shawcross set to undergo back surgery.