Bolton Wanderers manager Keith Hill has moved to brush off rumours regarding the future of loaned in man Thibaud Verlinden, who has been rumoured to be making a return to parent club Stoke City in the January transfer window.

Amid the arrival of Michael O’Neill as Stoke City’s new manager upon the sacking of Nathan Jones, it was rumoured that loaned out forward Thibaud Verlinden could depart Bolton Wanderers and make a return to his parent club Stoke in the January transfer window as O’Neill looks to give everyone in his new squad a chance to make their way into the first team picture.

Verlinden has been putting in some impressive performances for Bolton Wanderers since joining on loan, scoring three goals in 10 games for Keith Hill’s side.

Now, speaking to the Bolton News, Hill has moved to address the rumours of a potential early departure for Verlinden. Hill insisted that the club have a plan in place if they lose Verlinden in the summer but added that he in ensuring that the 20-year-old’s focus is on the job at hand with Bolton.

“They have got a new manager and obviously they want to have a look,” he said.

“I’m sure they will monitor how he is doing, their staff will do their due diligence, but for now he just has to concentrate on games.

“We have got a plan for Thibaud, as we have for all the players, and we’ve got a plan for January regardless of any implications that the EFL sanctions bring on us.”