Mark Hughes has signed his second player and second defender of the transfer window, following the capture of Marc Muniesa from Barcelona on a free transfer.

The Spanish under-21 international, who was a member of the Spain squad that were crowned champions at the European under-21 Championships, has signed a four-year-deal at the Britannia Stadium in what is something of a coup for the Potters.

Muniesa is the second full-back to be signed by the new Stoke manager, after Erik Pieters joined from PSV on Friday.

The 21-year-old is equally as competent at centre-back and full-back, which gives Hughes more strength in depth as the former QPR boss looks to make an immediate impact at Stoke.

Muniesa will add competition to the full-back role, with Pieters and Marc Wilson both vying for a first-team role.

Confirming the transfer on their official website, Stoke said: "Stoke City are delighted to announce the signing of highly-rated defender Marc Muniesa from Barcelona on a free transfer."

Speaking about the move, Muniesa said: “I’m very excited about moving to England to play for Stoke City and will do everything I can to help the Club.

“It wasn’t a big decision for me to make. I came to England yesterday to meet the people at the club and look around the training ground, which is very impressive.

“My season only finished a fortnight ago when the European Championships ended, but I can’t wait to get started for Stoke. I would start tomorrow if the club asked me to.”


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