Stoke City confirm departure of club stalwart Ryan Shawcross after 14 years as 33-year-old closes in on move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami
- Stoke City confirm that Ryan Shawcross has left the club by mutual consent
- Shawcross leaves after 14 years with move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami close
- The 33-year-old defender spent 14 years at the Potters, winning over 450 caps
Stoke City have confirmed that Ryan Shawcross has ended his tenure at the club, leaving him free to join David Beckham’s Inter Miami side in the US.
In a statement on Friday, the club said Shawcross’ contract has been terminated by mutual consent, allowing the 33-year-old to ‘pursue new playing opportunities in the United States’ and close in on his move to the MLS franchise.
Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes called Shawcross an ‘outstanding role-model, both on and off the pitch’ and said his contribution to the Potters after 14 years with the club ‘cannot be overstated’.
Stoke City have confirmed that defender Ryan Shawcross has left the club by mutual consent
Shawcross made more than 450 appearances for Stoke, who he joined from Manchester United in 2008 for £1million.
After suffering a leg break in the summer of 2019, Shawcross has struggled for game-time with the Potters, making just two appearances in the Championship this season.
Stoke manager Michael O’Neill said: ‘Ryan has an exciting opportunity ahead of him which I know he’s keen to grasp and I wish him nothing but success for the future.
‘He hasn’t figured as often as he would have liked over the past couple of years but his professionalism and the way he has conducted himself, both on the training ground and around the club since I joined, simply cannot be questioned.’
Shawcross’ move to Inter Miami is expected to be announced imminently, where he will be managed by Phil Neville.
The former England Women boss was appointed head coach of Beckham’s MLS franchise on January 18.
The 2021 season begins later than usual, in mid-April, meaning Shawcross will join with enough time to get up to speed before proceedings begin.
The 33-year old is set to link up with Inter Miami coach Phil Neville and owner David Beckham
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