Ryan Shawcross staying put at Stoke

Potters defender, Shawcross

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis has revealed that his star defender Ryan Shawcross will not be leaving the club in the January transfer window.

Since moving from Manchester United to Stoke in 2008, the defender has gone from strength to strength.

His form has been rewarded with a call up to the last two England squads for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.

One of the biggest compliments that Shawcross could receive was the praise from Sir Alex Ferguson in Saturday’s match programme the Scotsman said he wished to have kept Shawcross.

Ferguson revealed that the reason why he let Shawcross leave was because of a strong group of defenders coming through the ranks at the same time.

“We had Jonny Evans, Gerard Pique, Ryan Shawcross, Craig Cathcart, and Paul McShane, and something had to give. He told the BBC website.

“We made the right decision keeping Jonny Evans but I’m not sure about letting Shawcross join Stoke.”

However current manager Pulis has said there is no chance that he will sell the defender.

“Ryan is our captain, he is only just 25, he told BBC sport.

“We won’t see the best of him for another two or three years.”

Shawcross played in Stoke’s 4-2 defeat against Manchester United, but could not prevent defeat.

Pulis is delighted that he benefited from the arrival of the defender and that Shawcross will only continue to get better.

“The big clubs spend a hell of a lot of money on their youth development programmes but there is always a player there who might get stuck in the traffic of people coming through, Pulis added.

“Ryan is one of them. He was a great signing and the good thing is he wants to get better. He has that desire about him.”

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