Marc Muniesa is set to leave Stoke and join newly promoted La Liga side Girona. The popular Spaniard has been with Stoke City since July 2013 and is very well loved by the Stoke fanbase.
The ever smiling Spaniard danced his way into the Stoke faithfuls hearts with his constant interaction and shows of appreciation to the fans, as well as his 100% commitment on the pitch. Muniesa became an instant hero when he managed to single handedly win the League Cup 3rd round tie against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light with 2 stunning goals.
When Muniesa joined the club he gave an interview which stated – “I never imagined I would get the chance to play in the Premier League, but when Stoke called me I decided to come here with my family to speak to them. All the people I’ve spoken have shown a lot of confidence in me and I’m really happy that everything has been sorted. 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”.
During his 1st season at Stoke, Muniesa made his debut in the League Cup in a comfortable 3-1 victory against Walsall. He then made his first start against a strong Everton side in a forgetful 4-0 drubbing at Goodison Park and went on to make 17 appearances that season.
In December 2014, Muniesa really made his mark in Stoke City colours, replacing an injured Marc Wilson in defence, he partnered up with Ryan Shawcross at the back and Stoke instantly recorded back-to-back clean sheets in victories against Everton and West Brom. Unfortunately, injuries hampered Muniesa’s time at Stoke City, every time he hit form and gained his place in the side he picked up an injury which forced him out of the squad.
It was only in August 2015 that Muniesa penned a new 4 year contract with Stoke City, keeping him at the club until 2019. This season turned out to be one to forget for Muniesa as his season was very disrupted through injuries and to top it off, he had his decisive spot kick saved by Mignolet in the thrilling League Cup Semi Final penalty shoot out at Anfield.
After being on the fringes of the squad in 2016–17 Muniesa admitted that he might have to leave Stoke in order to gain regular football. He made his first start against Watford where he helped Stoke earn a 1–0 victory. A week later against Burnley, Muniesa scored his first Premier League goal in a 2–0 win. Muniesa remained on the fringes at Stoke until the end of the 2016–17, making 11 appearances as Stoke finished in 13th position.
Overall, Muniesa made a grand total of 67 appearances for Stoke City, scoring 3 goals in the process. Even though his time to Stoke is coming to an end, the memories he has made for us fans and himself will last forever.
Good luck to you and your family in the future, we will miss you Muni.