Champions League Is The Target For Stoke – Bojan

Champions League is the target for Stoke - Bojan

The former Barcelona attacker is confident his side are capable of qualifying for world football’s most prestigious club competition within the next three years

Bojan believes Stoke City must be ambitious and aim to qualify for the Champions League in the next few years.

Stoke are seventh in the Premier League after 22 games and sit just six points behind Tottenham, who sit occupy the fourth and final Champions League place.

Bojan, who has scored five goals in 18 league appearances for Stoke, drew comparisons with this season’s surprise package Leicester City, and thinks the club should aim to obtain European football within three years

“We have to be honest. The Champions League has to be a target. You have to be ambitious,” the 25-year-old told Sky Sports.

“Five years ago they could never imagine at the Britannia Stadium they’d play football, why in three years can’t we be in the Champions League?

“Look at Leicester, they have a chance to win the Premier League. You have to be ambitious.”

The Spain international, who had spells at Roma and Ajax while on loan from Barcelona before moving to Stoke, said it was always his aim to play in England.

“I spent two years in Italy and one year in Holland. I told my family that I want to come back to Spain, it doesn’t matter where,” he revealed.

“But it was a long summer and Stoke City start to call me and show interest. The Premier League is the best league in the world and I always wanted to play here.

“I spoke to Mark Hughes and he told me about the mentality at Stoke.

“When I was young I said I wanted to play in the Premier League. Now I am here and I want to enjoy the football here.”

Bojan praised the level of football in the Premier League and the respect of the fans compared to the other countries he has played in.

“Here 90 minutes one game is 100% intensity. In Spain you have maybe 60 minutes of high intensity,” he said.

“It’s a different philosophy with the fans and the journalists. There’s more respect for the players.

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