Nathan Collins may only be 18, but he’s been here before.
Yesterday’s story saying Manchester United had their eye on him ahead of a possible summer move certainly has echoes of events last summer.
When we caught up with him at a pre-season training camp in Holland he was seemingly taking everything in his stride.
“They were a bit unexpected to he honest,” the Irish youth international said of the stories.
“I woke up one morning and I didn’t have a clue.
“My brother ran into me and said, ‘Quick, look at your phone.’ I had a look and seen all this with Darren Fletcher.
“I couldn’t believe it when I first saw it and it kept going and going.
“I think some players it could (turn your head), but it didn’t really bother me or effect me. I knew I had to come back to Stoke and come back in good form fitness wise.
“It’s just rumours and I didn’t get my hopes up, I always knew I was coming back here.”