Stoke sign former Barcelona winger Afellay
LONDON: Stoke City have signed former Barcelona winger Ibrahim Afellay on a free transfer, the Premier League club confirmed on Monday.
Afellay agreed a two-year contract with City and will link up with his boss Mark Hughes and his new team-mates on their pre-season tour of France.
The 29-year-old Netherlands international -- capped 50 times -- was available to move after his contract with Barcelona expired in the close-season.
Former PSV Eindhoven star Afellay joins compatriots Erik Pieters and Marco van Ginkel in the Stoke squad, along with former Barcelona team-mates Bojan Krkic, Marc Muniesa and Moha El Ouriachi.
Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes told his club's website: "It's no secret that Ibrahim was wanted by a number of clubs and we are understandably delighted that he has chosen to join us.
"He's clearly excited about the prospect of playing in the Premier League and the fact that he knows so many players who are already at the club will no doubt help him settle into his new surroundings."
Afellay's time with Barcelona was disrupted by injury problems and he made just 21 league appearances for the Spanish club, while also spending time on loan at Schalke and Olympiakos.
He becomes Stoke's eighth close-season signing following the arrivals of Philipp Wollscheid, Jakob Haugaard, Joselu, Van Ginkel, Glen Johnson, Shay Given and Moha.