Stoke City "don't need to sell" Ryan Shawcross, Asmir Begovic

Asmir Begovic of Stoke City is congratulated by team-mate Ryan Shawcross after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Southampton on November 02, 2013
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Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes says that the club "don't need to sell" Ryan Shawcross or Asmir Begovic.

Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes has insisted that the club "don't need to sell" their star players, including defender Ryan Shawcross.

The 26-year-old and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic have been touted as possible departures, but Scholes has claimed that the club are in a position to strengthen, not sell.

Premier League champions Manchester City have been reported as potential suitors for Shawcross, who racked up 43 appearances for the Potters in the 2013-14 season.

"It comes as no surprise to me what I have read about Ryan," The Sentinel quotes Scholes as saying. "I don't know if there is any truth in it, but certainly we have had no contact.

"Players like him and Asmir Begovic, just to name a couple, will attract attention. That's part and parcel of being a successful football team.

"We don't need to sell. We've been going through our situation for next year, our budgets, what is available in terms of buying players and players' wages and we are not in a position where we need to sell."

Stoke finished ninth in the league table.

Stoke's Ryan Shawcross is congratulated by team mates after scoring his team's second goal against Crystal Palace on August 24, 2013
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