Shawcross eyes new Stoke deal

BY foxsports • October 2, 2011

The Potters' defender who has played every minute in the Premier League and the Europa League this campaign, is determined to remain at the Britannia Stadium. The 24-year-old, who started his career at Manchester United could return to Old Trafford as Sir Alex Ferguson has an option to buy him back with Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish also keeping tabs on the player. He told the Sunday Mirror: "I always said that I wanted to play in Europe and Stoke City have given me that opportunity, so my future is here. "I really do love it here, the fans are great and the manager is top class. He is probably the biggest factor in me wanting to be here because I really enjoy working under him. "He keeps making me a better player and has shown unbelievable faith in me. "With the group of lads we have here too, I don't think anyone would want to leave." Tony Pulis' side have let in only five goals from 12 games in all competitions, and Shawcross believes nobody should be surprised. "We've brought in some top class defenders. Matty Upson and Jonathan Woodgate are both seasoned internationals so nobody should be surprised," he added. "We've kept clean sheets against Chelsea and Liverpool and defended well against Manchester United. "We've stood up to that, so there's no reason why we cannot stand up to whatever else is thrown our way."

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