The 34-year-old’s contract at Wolfsburg is up at the end of the season and Stoke are heading the field to get him.

Hughes said: “He’s an interesting player. I’ve come up against him as a manager and I’ve always been impressed with him.”

Meanwhile, Hughes hopes his Stoke stormtroopers can carry on rubbing Arsenal up the wrong way.

There’s no love lost between the two sides and the Stoke boss is happy to call for more of the same.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has never hid his dislike of The Potters’ robust style of play.

And if Hughes’s men can get under his skin again at The Britannia tomorrow, that’s fine by him.