Veteran Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross in talks over move to David Beckham-owned Inter Miami as he considers fresh challenge in MLS working with their new manager Phil Neville
- Ryan Shawcross is attracted by ‘fresh challenge’ that the MLS would provide
- The 33-year-old was left out of Stoke’s squad for Saturday’s draw with Reading
- Shawcross joined the Potters for £1million from Manchester United in 2008
Inter Miami are continuing talks over a deal for Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross, who is looking for a new challenge after 13 years at the Championship club.
The 33-year old joined Stoke from Manchester United for £1million in 2008, and has made 375 league appearances for the Potters, also captaining the side.
However, he has suffered with niggling injuries in the latter stages of his career, and is attracted by the prospect of a fresh challenge in the MLS.
Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross could be set for a move to MLS side Inter Miami
Miami failed in a bid for West Brom left back Kieran Gibbs last month, and are still in the hunt for defensive additions.
Shawcross’ future at Stoke is uncertain, he was left out of the Potters matchday squad for their goalless draw against Reading on Saturday.
Stoke boss Michael O’Neill confirmed the centre back had been left out due to the speculation regarding his future.
‘There’s an ongoing situation at the minute with Ryan,’ O’Neill said.
Stoke manager Michael O’Neill confirmed Shawcross’ interest in joining the MLS side
‘There is interest from an MLS club, discussions are open and forthright on that but nothing is concluded at this minute in time.
‘To be fair to the player, Ryan has expressed the interest if the opportunity is given and we as a club have to recognise what Ryan has given us in terms of service,’ added O’Neill.
‘At this minute in time we didn’t think it was the right thing to involve him. He’s fit now but he’s had bad luck over the last 18 months with injury and until this situation is resolved, we just may have be careful at this minute in time.’
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