Transfer News: Defender To Snub Big-Money Move
Ryan Shawcross has confirmed he’ll snub a big-money move and commit his long-term future to Stoke City despite interest from Liverpool, Man Utd and Tottenham
Despite the transfer window being closed, there is always transfer gossip doing the rounds in the papers and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest news during the coming months. Today, Ryan Shawcross has ended hopes of a move after committing his future to Stoke.
Ryan Shawcross has confirmed he’ll snub a big-money move and commit his future to Stoke City despite interest from Liverpool, Man Utd and Tottenham, according to the Mirror.
The 25-year-old centre-back has become one of the most consistent defenders in the Premier League since marshaling Stoke’s back-line en route to promotion from the Championship in 2008 and has helped turn them into a solid top-flight outfit.
His impressive display’s have lead to a call-up to the last two England squads and the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool have all been credited with an interest in the 6ft 3 inch stopper.
However, Shawcross is ready to commit his long-term future to Stoke City and is in extensive talks with the club over a new six-year deal. The player says he would turn down the advances of one of the Premier League’s big-boys and stand by Tony Pulis, who’s shown trust in him since signing him from United in 2007.
“It’s not agreed in principle yet – but the main thing is I want to stay and they want to keep me,”
“The main reason I want to stay is the gaffer. He’s been great to me throughout my time here and made me captain at a young age.
“I’ve told him I want to stay here. He’s improved me every year – and he got me into the England squad because that’s been a goal of mine.
“It showed a Stoke player can get into the England squad – because that’s been an issue.
“But I’ve been in the last couple now so that shows I’m playing well. Would I look to go, even if a top-four club came in? No.”
Shawcross is quoted as saying in the Mirror.
Stoke boss Pulis revealed after Saturday’s 1-0 win over West Brom that there is a special bond between him and his captain.
“I have an allegiance to him,”
“It’s because, when I signed him, he was a 19-year-old playing in United’s third team. He’s got here because he has taken everything on and never gets carried away.”
Pulis is quoted as saying in the Mirror.
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