Stoke desperate to keep Shawcross amid speculation
Stoke chairman Peter Coates insists they will do everything to keep Ryan Shawcross but has warned the defender not to get distracted by media speculation.
The England Under-21 centre-back has been linked with former club Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal in the last few months and is tipped to progress to the senior national side at some point.
Stoke have opened talks on a new four-year contract and Coates said the club are determined to hang on to their best players.
"He's a big asset to us and is a very promising young player but he needs to keep his feet on the ground and not get carried away," the chairman told The Sentinel.
"He's got a lot of hard work to do and I think our coaching staff deserve credit for the way they have developed him.
"But he also deserves praise because he is dedicated to what he does.
"We always try to look after contracts. Players are valuable assets, so it is important to make sure you look after the contracts.
"Ryan is a good example of that."
Latest in Sport
Liverpool's 2005 Champions League-winning side: From Jerzy Dudek to Vladimir Smicer - where are they now?
Jack Wilshere's final-day strike wins Match of the Day's Goal of the Season award after Arsenal fans hijack vote
Jurgen Klopp favourite to replace Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool if he's sacked
Premier League 2015/16 kits: Confirmed and rumoured strips from Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and others
Brendan Rodgers: 87 per cent of readers think Liverpool should sack their manager
- 1 Cyclist who knocked down three-year-old girl says his life has been 'destroyed'
- 2 A politically correct lefty goes to see Top Gear live – you'll probably believe what happened next
- 3 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 5 Snoop Dogg on why he doesn't regret displaying misogyny towards women
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland