Shawcross pledges future to Stoke
Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross has dismissed speculation linking him with a move away from the club, insisting he is happy with life at the Britannia Stadium.
Shawcross, 23, has been one of Stoke's most consistent performers since they returned to the top flight in 2008 and the Manchester United academy graduate's commanding displays have reportedly attracted the attention of Tottenham and Liverpool.
With the Potters recently tipped to swoop for centre-backs Matt Mills and Scott Dann, of Reading and Birmingham respectively, talk of Shawcross leaving the club has understandably grown louder.
However, the England Under-21 defender has moved to quash speculation that he could be heading out the Britannia exit door.
"I suppose if you are linked with clubs it shows you are doing well but I am a Stoke player, I have signed a contract here and I am happy here," Shawcross told the Sentinel.
"The chairman has said the club aren't going to sell me. I don't want to leave and I am looking forward to the new season. Any young player in the Premier League is going to have speculation written about him, but it doesn't bother me."