Shawcross staying put, says Stoke

Defender Ryan Shawcross is set to stay at Stoke City, according to the English Premier League club.Englishman Shawcross is a reported target of Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur, having impressed in Stoke’s 2010/11 season alongside German Robert Huth in defence. He also captained the club in the final of the FA Cup in May, which Stoke lost 1-0 to Manchester City.

Shawcross was last selected in the England squad for their friendly with Egypt in February 2010, but the 23-year-old is regarded as a bright defensive prospect for his nation.

Stoke have been linked with a move for Reading centre-back Matt Mills but it will not be as a replacement for Shawcross, according to club chairman Peter Coates.

“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,” Coates told soccernet.com.

“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.”

“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. He is already doing fantastically.”