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Shawcross agrees new Stoke deal

Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross has agreed terms on a new five-and-a-half year deal, putting an end to speculation surrounding his future.

Shawcross had been linked with a number of teams, including Premier League champions Manchester City, but he has instead committed to the Britannia Stadium club.

The 25-year-old has been with Stoke since 2007, when he first joined on loan from Manchester United, eventually signing a permanent deal in the January 2008 transfer window.

He has since made more than 200 appearances for the Potters and is now in his third season as club captain, performing at a high enough level to earn a first England cap in the friendly defeat by Sweden in November.

The 25-year-old has been one of Stoke's biggest assets, and manager Tony Pulis was desperate to tie him to a new deal.

Pulis said: "It's fantastic for us as a football club. We're really, really pleased to have him.

"He's been the bedrock of what we've been trying to do over the past five or six years and we're really pleased that he's finally agreed."