Stoke to offer Shawcross long-term contract extension

Chairman Peter Coates is hopeful the Potters can hang onto their captain by offering him a new deal, in light of reported interest from some of the Premier League's leading teams
Stoke are set to offer Ryan Shawcross a new long-term contract extension, in the hope of fending off reported interest from some of the Premier League's leading clubs.

Tony Pulis brought Shawcross to Stoke, initially on loan, in August 2007. His current contract expires in the summer of 2014, but there are hopes he will sign a new long-term deal at the Britannia Stadium, with chairman Peter Coates eager to prolong the defender's stay with the club.

"Ryan is an important player for us," Coates told The Sentinel. "We want to keep him and make him secure. You try to look after your assets.

"He has developed his career at this football club and we want him to stay, so it's up to us to find a way of keeping him."

The Potters captain, who started his career at Manchester United, has been one of Stoke's star players since the club won promotion to the Premier League back in 2008, and was called up to Roy Hodgson's England squad for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Poland and San Marino.

Having established himself as one of the Premier League's leading defenders, Shawcross' consistent good form has not gone unnoticed, with Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham all said to be monitoring the 25-year-old's current contract situation.