The Potters brought in Charlie Adam, Steven Nzonzi and Maurice Edu before the transfer window closed and Whelan was being linked with a deadline day move to Wolves.
However, the 28-year-old says he was unaware of any interest from Wolves and would not have been interested in a move to Molineux. "I only just signed a new deal in January and I am here to fight for my spot," said the Republic of Ireland international.
"There are midfielders coming in, so then you think some will be going out, but so long as I have a chance of playing I will keep working hard and trying to impress the manager. "It was never a case of me wanting to leave. If I wanted to leave Stoke I would be the person to say it, or the manager."