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Stoke determined to keep Shawcross from Premier League rivals

Stoke City will offer a long term deal to keep skipper Ryan Shawcross to prevent a move to suitors Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. The centre-back's current contract expires in the summer of 2014 but there are hopes he will sign a new long-term deal at the Britannia Stadium.

Potters chairman Peter Coates wants to prolong the defender's stay with the club and told The Sentinel: "Ryan is an important player for us.

"And 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."

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