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Moroccan international Ryan Mmaee completes Potters move

Stoke City have completed the signing of Morocco international striker Ryan Mmaee, who joins the Potters from Hungarian champions Ferencvaros for an undisclosed fee, subject to international clearance.

The 25-year-old has penned a three-year contract at the bet365 Stadium and makes the move following three prolific seasons in European football, during which he helped the Green Eagles to consecutive league titles.

Mmaee, who averages a goal every 148 minutes in club football since 2020, moved to Hungary two years ago after firing AEL Limassol to a third-place top-flight finish with 17 goals in his first full campaign in Cyprus.

“Having tracked Ryan for a period of time, we know that he has been on the radar of several clubs in England and across Europe, which makes it all the more pleasing that we have been able to attract him to Stoke City,” said Technical Director Ricky Martin.

“Ryan is a full international and fits our belief in recruiting players who have played important roles in successful teams, having won back-to-back titles with Ferencvaros.

“He played regularly in the Europa League last season too, so he brings pedigree, experience and ability to our forward line.

“His record for scoring goals and creating opportunities for teammates has been remarkable in recent seasons.

“We will be looking to play on the front foot as much as we can, which will maximise his effectiveness in what is an extremely important position at the top end of the pitch.”

Born in Belgium, Mmaee played youth football for Gent before making his professional debut aged 17 for Standard Liege in May 2015.

A year later, the striker, who featured for Belgium at Under-19 and Under 21 level before opting to represent Morocco, won the first of 12 senior international caps in a draw against Albania.

Mmaee, who has also featured in a loan spell with AGF in Denmark for six months of the 2018/19 campaign, said the Potters’ efforts to secure his signature were influential in his decision to move to the bet365 Stadium.


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