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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has confirmed that Republic of Ireland defender Marc Wilson will be allowed to leave the club this summer.
However, the Welshman insists that the decision is not connected to Wilson's extraordinary Twitter outburst over the club's training methods.
The 28-year-old claimed in an online conversation with supporters earlier this month that the players do no defensive or positional work in training.
Hughes believes Wilson, who missed Euro 2016 because of knee ligament damage suffered in January, has become frustrated by his lack of first-team action at the Bet365 Stadium.
Wilson, who has two years left on his current deal, started 55 league games in his first two seasons under Hughes, but only one last season following the arrival of Glen Johnson from Liverpool and the season-ending knee injury he suffered in an FA Cup tie against Crystal Palace in January.
"It’s fair to say that Marc feels his future lies elsewhere and it’s fair to say I probably agree with him," Hughes said.
"Sometimes players can be frustrated with a perceived lack of opportunity and that’s the case with Marc. He maybe expressed himself in the wrong way.
"So the likelihood is that if there’s a deal to be done, then Marc will probably take that opportunity and carry on with his career elsewhere.
"That’s not a consequence of anything he’s said on social media. That’s just his current situation."
However, the former Wales boss insists the defender will not be allowed to leave on the cheap.
"It could be that the options presented to us don't fit with our value of Marc as a player," he said.
"It has to be right for us and Marc himself. We will see."
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