Stoke City will allow Republic of Ireland international midfielder Glenn Whelan to make his own decision on his future according to the Birmingham Mail.

The 33-year-old Dubliner is being strongly linked with Sky Bet Championship club Aston Villa who have reportedly seen a £500,000 transfer offer rejected by The Potters.

It is now believed that Villa could increase their offer by around £300,000 and Stoke City are set to leave the final decision on Whelan’s future to the player himself. The Potters have confirmed that they hope to retain the services of the hard working midfielder however they will not stand in his way should he opt to move to Villa Park.

Whelan started his career at Manchester City however the player went on to make just one first team appearance for the club in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Cup in 2003. After a successful loan spell with Bury, Whelan joined Sheffield Wednesday in summer 2004 and the player helped The Owls to promotion to the Sky Bet Championships via the Play-Offs during his four years at Hillsborough.

In January 2008, Whelan signed for Stoke City in a £500,000 deal and the midfielder has gone on to make 338 appearances for The Potters, scoring eight goals. The player has played a huge part in the club becoming an established top flight outfit in recent seasons.

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