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

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

Eden Hazard is open to another 10 years at Chelsea

Eden Hazard wants to stay at Chelsea for years and join football's elite by leading the club to Champions League glory.

Rafael Benitez '99 per cent' certain to be next Real Madrid boss

Rafael Benitez is '99 per cent' certain to be Real Madrid boss, says Carlo Ancelotti's representative Ernesto Bronzetti.

Manuel Pellegrini confident Man City will be stronger next season

Manuel Pellegrini is confident Manchester City will regain the Premier League title next season.

Mail Box

Who Is The Most Complete Striker Ever..?

...the answer is the original Ronaldo, Gerd Muller, Cristiano or Alan Shearer, depending on who you talk to. We also have one signing per Premier League (and promoted team)...

Reviewing Every PL Side's Season...

Time to half-heartedly agree or furiously reject some ratings. The mails also discuss the most complete striker ever in football, as well as Rodgers, Falcao and Bill O'Herilhy.

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