Stoke have had no offers for Shawcross

Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes has emphasised there has been no contact between the Potters and other clubs regarding skipper Ryan Shawcross - and that the Staffordshire outfit do not need to sell their best players.

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.

Players like him and 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'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.

– Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes speaking to The Sentinel

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