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One of Stoke's main summer targets, Ivica Olic, has signed a new contract at Wolfsburg which keeps him there until 2016. 

Mark Hughes has previously expressed interest in the experienced Croatian striker but he will now need to look elsewhere for a prominent forward. 

Wolfsburg are on the hunt for European places and are currently fifth in the table with three games to go.

With this in mind, Olic is determined to have one more flurry on the big stage. 

The 34 year old told ESPN: "I am delighted to finally have clarity for my future and that I can continue playing for Wolfsburg. 

"Next season we want to give our all both in the Bundesliga and on the European stage. It’s a lot of fun to be a part of this team and my family is very happy here too." 

After 29 appearances, the striker has scored 13 goals this season - proving to be a reliable source for goals.

Olic will also start at this summer's World Cup and is closing in on his century of appearances for his country. 

Despite reportedly meeting with Hughes and initially confirming his interest in a move, the Potters boss has been unfortunate to watch this deal pass.

Hughes still has Marko Arnautovic and Peter Odemwinge up for selection but the pair have only managed eight goals between them from 40 starts collectively. 

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