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The defender is ready to accept the Potters' offer of a new six-year contract to end speculation linking him with a return to his former club after winning his first England cap

Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross is set to sign a new six-year contract with the Potters to end speculation linking him with a return to Manchester United.

The centre-back's impressive displays at the Britannia Stadium earned him his first England cap when the Three Lions played Sweden in November.

And Shawcross is now ready to pen a new long-term deal after insisting that he is happy to remain in Staffordshire for the foreseeable future.

"I am very happy here and very settled here," he told reporters. "I have loved my five years here so far and I want that to continue. We have progressed incredibly from when I first came.

"The people here have looked after me really well, the fans have been brilliant with me and I want to be a part of the future."

Stoke boss Tony Pulis, meanwhile, praised the Potters captain's contribution to the club since his arrival on a permanent basis in 2008 after an initial loan spell.
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The 54-year-old manager said he had no reservations about putting such a lengthy deal on the table in order to tie up Shawcross' future.

"Ryan has been immense for us," Pulis praised. "I took him from Manchester United's third team and I remember him scoring on his debut at Cardiff – and he's improved ever since.

"Ryan has done brilliantly for us, but the club has also done brilliantly for him as well.

"We are more than happy to give Ryan that length of contract. He is loved to death by everyone here and he's such a big softy at times because he's such a big family man."

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