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Shawcross pledges future to Stoke

Ryan Shawcross
Stoke paid Manchester United 2m for defender Shawcross in 2008

Ryan Shawcross has said he is happy to remain a Stoke City player, despite being linked with a move to Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Reports in national newspapers suggested Spurs were interested in signing the 21-year-old centre-back.

Shawcross told BBC Radio Stoke after the 2-0 friendly loss at Nantwich: "I'm not really fussed about the rumours.

"I'm a Stoke player and until someone tells me otherwise, I'll still be a Stoke player."

Stoke manager Tony Pulis told BBC Radio Stoke on Friday that his friend and Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp had not made contact with him about Shawcross.

606: DEBATE

"I get on well with Harry and would be very surprised if it's in the papers, and he hasn't rung me first," said Pulis.

But while Pulis is intent on keeping Shawcross, he said some of the first-team players who finished 12th in the Premier League last season may be allowed to leave.

"If it's right for the football club then I'll do the deals," added Pulis. "You'll always be open to criticism, people will think that you've not done it the right way, but it's important to get it right for the position we're in."



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