After the 26-year-old talented Barcelona academy product was denied permanent move to Celtic, Middlesbrough, Watford, Celta Vigo and Las Palmas after his club Stoke City demanded transfer fee in excess of £12m and refused to loan him out to an English club.

Bojan Krkic has finally moved to Bundesliga side Mainz on loan for the rest of the 2016/17 season.

The fleet-footed Spanish forward who has been capped just once by Spain, has seen his opportunities reduced at Stoke this season and he was substituted at half time of the 2-0 FA Cup third round defeat by Wolves.

Bojan signed a new contract last spring that ties him to the Potters until the summer of 2020 but has started only five Premier League games this season.

“I came to England looking to once again enjoy my football, and the passion surrounding the game, to the full. Being out on the pitch is what makes me happy and it’s now time for me to carry on along my journey as I continue to enjoy this great sport,” Bojan wrote via Twitter after signing for Mainz on Sunday.

“Firstly, thank you to Stoke City for giving me the chance to play in and enjoy the Premier League. I would particularly like to thank the board for standing by me during the tough times, such as when I was allowed to recover from my cruciate ligament injury back in Barcelona.

“Of course, thank you also to the Stoke City fans for their unwavering loyalty and for making me feel so special. The unique feeling on hearing the ‘Ole, Ole, Ole… Bojan, Bojan’ chant is one that will remain with me forever.

“Ole back to you!.”

Mainz 05 are 11th in the Bundesliga with 21 points from 17 games.


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