Stoke discussing new Asmir Begovic deal and see Ryan Shawcross stay

Stoke City are holding contract talks with Asmir Begovic amid interest from Liverpool and expect reported Manchester United target Ryan Shawcross to stay.

Stoke City have no intention of bidding farewell to any of their senior stars in January.

That list includes first-choice goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and club captain Ryan Shawcross.

The former is said to be interesting Liverpool, with the Reds losing patience with Simon Mignolet.

Shawcross, meanwhile, has been linked with a return to Manchester United – having previously graduated out of their academy system.

The Potters are planning to keep both, though, with Mark Hughes eager to point out that no official approaches have been made.

He said: “There’s speculation about the best players at most clubs and obviously the two mentioned are in that bracket from our point of view. But we’re not encouraging any bids on any of our players, and that won’t change in January and won’t change in the summer.

“Obviously clubs might have something to say about that and be persistent, but we have had no bids for those two players up to this point and don’t anticipate that we will have any in January either.”

As part of their plans to keep key men at the Britannia Stadium, Hughes has revealed that contract extension talks remain ongoing with Bosnian shot-stopper Begovic.

He added: “There are discussions and conversations. I don’t think it’s progressed, it’s just conversations with all parties and we’ll see where it takes us.

“Obviously the closer it comes to the contract running down, the more power in negotiations shifts away from us as a club and closer to the player and his representative. Hopefully there will be an opportunity to get something done.”

Begovic’s current deal will take him through to 2016, so Stoke have time on their side.

They can also take comfort from the fact that those terms will push up their asking price if offers are received in the New Year.

Shawcross’ contract has even longer to run, to 2018, and he has expressed no desire to move on after becoming a talismanic figure for the Potters during a successful stint in the Premier League.

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