Jonathan Pitroipa has explained why his proposed switch from Rennes to Stoke fell through at the last minute.
Stoke are in talks to sign Jonathan Pitroipa from Rennes, Sky sources understand.
Jonathan Pitroipa says Burkina Faso were happy to let their people dream after losing the Africa Cup of Nations final.
Rennes maintained their push for European football next season with a solid 3-1 victory at home to relegation battlers Nice on Monday night.
Lower league Gazelec Ajaccio produced another shock in this year's French Cup as they knocked out high-flying Montpellier.
Rennes coach Pierre Dreossi has admitted to holding an interest in Liverpool defender Chris Mavinga.
Hamburg are close to selling Jonathan Pitroipa to Rennes in a deal worth a reported €3.5m (£3.2m).
Midfielder Jonathon Pitroipa will join Bundesliga side Hamburg at the end of the season