Stoke ace not going to Man United

Stoke chief Mark Hughes has moved to scrap talk that Ryan Shawcross could be heading to Manchester United this January.

The Potters captain – who started his career at Old Trafford – has been linked with a surprise switch to the Red Devils recently, with Louis van Gaal desperate to get in cover at centre-back.

Shawcross has proven himself to be a dependable performer with Stoke since their return to the Premier League, helping to keep top tier football at the Britannia Stadium.

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There have been rumours suggesting that the deal could go ahead in the new year, but Hughes says that there’s no chance of his skipper leaving for United:

“Ryan is very settled here, he is the captain of the club and we have no intention of allowing him to leave.” He is quoted by the Daily Star.

“He’s a big part of what we want to do in the future.”

Another Stoke player to be linked with a move away from the club is Peter Crouch, but Hughes is similarly keen to keep the beanpole striker:

“I think Peter is one of those players who is quite unique in what he offers, so you can see the attraction that other clubs maybe have in terms of bringing him to them.” He said.

“We value Peter and we would certainly like him to stay if we can come to some agreement because he does give us a different type of threat and one that opponents find really difficult to cope with.”