Hughes warns Man Utd off club captain Shawcross

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has warned potential suitors Manchester United that captain Ryan Shawcross is not for sale, ESPN is reporting.

The central defender has recently been linked to a switch to Old Trafford as Louis van Gaal looks to bolster his defensive options – they have conceded 10 goals in seven league games so far and have drawn many critics for their defensive performances.

27-year-old Shawcross, who was once touted as a potential candidate for the centre back role for England, was part of the youth set up at United and came through the ranks there.

Despite no contact being made with Stoke about any deal being set up, Hughes has moved quickly to insist there is no chance of him cashing in on his main man.

He said: “There’s been no contact and I don’t expect there to be any, and we wouldn’t encourage any contact anyway. Ryan is very settled here, he is the captain of the club and we have no intention of allowing him to leave. He’s a big part of what we want to do in the future.”

Having joined the Brittania Stadium way back in 2007 the defender helped guide the Potters to the Premier League during his first season at the club.

He has gone on to make 293 appearances in the colours of Stoke, contributing 21 goals during that time.

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