Potters dismiss star defender’s exit talk

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Stoke City chairman Peter Coates is not willing to let Ryan Shawcross leave the club this summer.

The former Manchester United trainee has been attracting interest from a number of top clubs in the Barclays Premier League, but is contracted at the Britannia Stadium until the summer of 2014.

After guiding the Potters to an FA Cup final last term, Tony Pulis will be desperate to keep his best players at the club and Coates is looking to back his manager by keeping the club captain.

"We see Ryan's future at Stoke City. He is a very good young player and I expect him to be at Stoke next season," said Coates.

"I think with Ryan and Robert Huth we have two of the best centre-backs in the Premier League, and we don't want to change that."


Shawcross received England recognition from Fabio Capello in February 2010, but is yet to make his debut for the Three Lions despite the call-up for a friendly against Egypt.

Coates is confident the player will break into the international fold at some stage, backing the comments of Huth, who has tipped his 23-year-old teammate for England honours.

"I thought Ryan did very well last year and got better as the season went on. All young players have dips in form, but centre-back is a position where you are going to get better as you gain more experience," the Stoke chairman continued.

"He is already doing fantastically."

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