Next Game

Stuttgart v Man City

Saturday, 01 August 2015, 16:00

Friendly Match

Last Game

Man City 1 - 4 R Madrid

Friday, 24 July 2015, 11:00

Int Champs Cup Australia

Stoke: No Shawcross enquiries

Stoke say they have not received any enquiries about Ryan Shawcross and are determined to keep their best players at the Britannia Stadium.

Last Updated: 22/05/14 at 12:15 Post Comment

Ryan Shawcross: Stoke defender linked with Manchester City

Ryan Shawcross: Stoke defender linked with Manchester City

Shawcross was a consistent performer for Stoke last season, helping the club to a ninth place finish, but the centre-back has this week been linked with a move to Manchester City.

Chief executive Tony Scholes insists the Potters have not heard from the Premier League champions and are only looking to strengthen in the summer.

"It comes as no surprise to me what I have read about Ryan. I don't know if there is any truth in it, but certainly we have had no contact," he told The Sentinel.

"Players like him and (Stoke goalkeeper) Asmir Begovic, just to name a couple, will attract attention. That's part and parcel of being a successful football team.

"That's the way it's always going to be. It's one of the prices of doing well, but it doesn't mean you necessarily have to do business with them.

"We don't need to sell. We've been going through our situation for next year, our budgets, what is available in terms of buying players and players' wages and we are not in a position where we need to sell.

"We are looking to strengthen and move forward."

The 26-year-old defender was named as Stoke's player of the year, but is still waiting to add to the solitary England cap he earned in a friendly against Sweden in 2012.

Scholes is surprised that England manager Roy Hodgson did not take another look at Shawcross before selecting his World Cup squad.

"Ryan's had six great years in the Premier League and that's quite something for a player of his age," he said.

"It is interesting that he has reportedly attracted the attention of big clubs in the way he didn't seem to attract Roy Hodgson's attention.

"Anyone around these parts will think he should be on that flight to Brazil with England."

There has also been speculation about the future of Steven N'Zonzi, with reports suggesting the midfielder has handed in a transfer request.

Scholes is unable to shed any light on these claims, but is hoping to hold talks with the Frenchman.

"I wish I could give you a clear answer," he said.

"It's been in the papers over the last week or so that Steven's father has been in touch with us and he's mentioned that Steven's ambition is to play at the highest level that he can play.

"He's alluded to the fact that maybe he would want to move on and do that.

"But I am being a bit circumspect because until I sit down with Steven and his father and hear what they've got to say and why they are saying it, I'm guessing too much."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

f Jose left a mess at Inter Milan then Rafa cleaned it up with a hand grenade and a bag of compost

westwoodbo
Benitez 'tidying up Mourinho's messes'

T

he name of the article is apt as all my wildest dreams will come through if it turns out to be true

parsy12
The Vote Pedro Gossip

Y

ouri Tielemans is everything Jack Wilshere wants to be!

ross1119
F365's Top Ten Breakthrough Stars Of 2015/16

Footer 365

Arsene Wenger responds to Jose Mourinho taunt

Arsene Wenger has brushed off Jose Mourinho's latest taunts after the Chelsea boss said the Gunners' recent spending may come as "a surprise".

WATCH: Eden Hazard's stunning goal against Barcelona

Watch as Chelsea's Eden Hazard evades four challenges before slotting the ball past Marc-André ter Stegen.

Manuel Pellegrini backs Raheem Sterling to justify price

Manuel Pellegrini insists Raheem Sterling will justify his club-record £49million price tag at Manchester City in the coming years.

Mail Box

Di Maria Just Didn't Fit (S**t Happens)

If a signing doesn't work there doesn't have to be a massive witch hunt. So there. Plus a detailed net spend rant, Breel Embolo, computer games and Louis van Gaal...

The Calculator Is On Wenger's Side...

Over the last five years, Arsenal's net spent is about 55% of Chelsea's, so shush your mouth Jose. Plus, Van Gaal is attacked and defended in equal measure...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company