Defender not for sale
Manchester United have been warned to forget any idea of making a bid for defender Ryan Shawcross by Stoke chairman Peter Coates.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly keen on re-signing the player who left Old Trafford for the Potters initially on loan before joining Stoke permanently in January 2008.
Shawcross is again enjoying an impressive season in the heart of the City rearguard, helping the club into a respectable 12th place in the Premier League.
United do have first option on the centre-back as part of the £2m deal that took him to the Britannia Stadium, but having signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract only last November, the club are determined to keep hold of their captain and prized asset.
Coates told the Daily Mirror, "He's a good player, so there is always going to be interest in good players. But Ryan is our player and that is how we intend to keep it. He's not for sale.
"He's very settled in the area with his young family. I think everyone can see that he is advancing his career with us after joining us at an early age and progressing. We are good for him and he is good for us - and that is always the perfect partnership."