Ryan Shawcross' surprising reaction to speculation linking him with Newcastle

Ryan Shawcross
Ryan Shawcross

Ryan Shawcross says he's not joining Newcastle United "at the moment".

The Stoke City defender has been linked with a move to St James's Park in the summer.

And Shawcross – who has a year left on his deal at the Britannia Stadium – has reacted to talk of a move to Newcastle, who secured promotion to the Premier League last night.

Asked about the speculation, Shawcross told The Sentinel: "I'm not going to Newcastle – at the moment."

“It's paper talk. I've got a year left on my contract, and any time a player comes to the later stages of his contract, there's going to be talk.

“All I can do is concentrate on Stoke, and hopefully play well.

“I can only stay where my contract ties me to, and as long as there's a contract I will stay.

“I enjoy working under the manager and everything is good, but when you only have a year left you have to think about things, but there's been no talks so far and that's where we are at."