Pennant won't ask for move
Stoke winger admits frustrating at not playing of late
Last Updated: January 31, 2012 8:33am
Jermaine Pennant: Stoke City winger does not want to leave and will fight for his place
Jermaine Pennant is adamant he has not asked to leave Stoke City and admits he will be glad when the transfer window has closed.
The winger has yet to start a game for the Potters in 2012 and it has prompted speculation that he could be on the move for Tuesday's deadline.
The former Arsenal wide-man has not spoken to Stoke boss Tony Pulis regarding his situation after conceding he is frustrated not to be playing.
However, with the Potters also still in the FA Cup and Europa League, the 29-year-old is determined to keep fighting for a first-team spot.
"I'm in no rush to be going anywhere. I've not asked to leave and the club has not given a signal they want me to leave," said Pennant.
"As soon as the transfer window is over then I won't have to answer these questions anymore, and everyone will know I'll be here.
"It's frustrating for any player. You always want to start and play 90 minutes, but if it's not happening then you have to keep plugging away.
"If you then get 40 minutes and you make some contribution to the game, then brilliant, like I have done in the last two games when I've come on and made a goal.
"Everyone knows what I'm capable of - I do as well - so when I get my chance, I'll take it.
"The manager and I haven't really spoken about why I'm not playing or when I'm going to play.
"He's picking the team and it's doing well, but I'm sure when I'm needed I'll get that first choice nod."