Stoke laugh off Ryan Shawcross reports

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Chief executive Tony Scholes has laughed off reports linking Ryan Shawcross with a high-profile move away from Stoke City.

Shawcross, who was linked with a move to Liverpool during the summer, is reportedly a target for Italian giants Juventus.

However, Scholes doesn't believe the 23-year-old England defender will be leaving the Britannia Stadium for Italy any time soon.

"I had heard about the Liverpool story but not the Juventus one. I'm sure Ryan will smile about it," he told The Sentinel.

"There is no truth in the rumours, but the speculation shows how far Ryan has come in his time here and how he is turning into one of the best young centre-backs in the country."

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