Ryan Shawcross has been the backbone of Stoke City defensive line for over a decade but, as per reputed journalist Jamie Spencer, the Potters captain is on his way out of the club for a big money move to MLS side Inter Miami.
The Manchester United academy graduate is out of contract at the end of the current campaign and has already started his negotiations with the club hierarchy to terminate his deal early to secure his future in America for the next few years.
Shawcross joined Stoke in 2007 from Manchester United as a 20-year-old and has been a consistent performer for them ever since. The youngster was given his chances from the moment he set foot at the club. He went on to score seven goals from defence in the Potters’ promotion-winning season to the Premier League.
The 33-year-old central defender was handed the captaincy in 2009 and he never looked back from that until last season when he suffered a fractured leg followed by a calf injury which ruined his campaign – he made five first team appearances.
Shawcross has made just two league appearances from the bench this season and his time at Bet365 stadium is coming to an end. Phil Neville is said to be an admirer of the player and is doing his best to bring him to Miami after becoming the manager of the club recently, which is owned by his former Manchester United and England teammate David Beckham.
The news of the departure of Shawcross will disappoint Stoke fans. However, the former England international is getting a great move out of it. The Potters have moved on from the player in recent times as they look towards the future, with youngsters Harry Souttar and Nathan Collins locking those positions down for the next few years at least.
Michael O’Neill has also made sure that he kept good and experienced backup options on the bench such as Danny Batth and James Chester, meaning Shawcross’s chances of making a return to the starting XI are very slim.