Mark Hughes wants to keep Ryan Shawcross

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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has revealed that he's determined to keep captain Ryan Shawcross at the club, reports the Manchester Evening News. 

The 27-year-old has recently been linked with a move back to former club Manchester United, with reports indicating that former Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson set-up a buy-back clause when he sold the player to the Potters back in 2008.

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No contact 

Hughes, then, has insisted that there's been no contact from United regarding the player's services, and has suggested that Shawcross is settled at the club. 

He said: "I'm not sure where that originated from - I think somebody told me it might have come from America at some point.

"There's been no contact and I don't expect there to be any, and we wouldn't encourage any contact anyway.

"Ryan is very settled here, he is the captain of the club and we have no intention of allowing him to leave.

"He's a big part of what we want to do in the future."

It remains to be seen, however, as to whether Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will make a move for the Stoke City ace in the January transfer window. 

United issues 

It's not surprising that the Red Devils have been credited with interest in Shawcross, with the club struggling in the defensive department. United - under Van Gaal - have kept just two clean sheets from their opening seven league fixtures.

The likes of Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic all departed the Theatre of Dreams at the end of the last campaign, so Shawcross would bring key Premier League experience to the side. 

Manchester United fans: Do you want Shawcross to join your club? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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