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Ryan Shawcross set to join Inter Miami ahead of 2021 MLS season

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Exclusive – Stoke is in talks with longtime defender and club captain Ryan Shawcross to end his contract and allow him to join the MLS Inter Miami squad on a free transfer.

Shawcross joined Stoke, initially on loan, in 2007 and has played more than 450 games for the club in all competitions. But the 33-year-old has been largely ruled out over the past two years due to a string of injuries, including a broken leg suffered in July 2019.

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Shawcross has played over 450 games for Stoke | James Baylis – AMA / Getty Images

90 mins has learned he is set to secure a move to Inter Miami, which are co-owned by David Beckham and recently appointed Phil Neville as manager. Shawcross joined first club Manchester United at the age of 14 while the two played in the first team at Old Trafford.

The player’s current contract with Stoke will expire at the end of the season, but talks are underway that could see him leave a few months earlier and tie up with Inter in time for the preseason ahead of the 2021 MLS season, that is planned. to start in April.

Miami already has a squad that includes former Juventus stars Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi, while also investing in young Latin American players like Matias Pellegrini and Rodolfo Pizarro, both of whom have been awarded “Designated Player” status. .

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Phil Neville was recently appointed coach of Inter Miami | Andrew Redington / Getty Images

Latin American culture is extremely important to the club, which has built an identity reflecting the largely bilingual local community of South Florida and has 10 native Spanish speakers on the team. But they are no strangers to looking further for players and also brought in ex-Celtic and Sunderland winger Lewis Morgan last year.

Shawcross, who was one of the Premier League’s best center-backs in his heyday and even played his way into the English setup, will add a wealth of experience to the defensive ranks ahead of an important second season in MLS for the club, having disappointed in their first year in 2020.

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