EXCLUSIVE: Phil Neville targets former England cap as first Miami signing

Date published: Saturday 6th February 2021 12:16 - Graeme Bailey

Phil Neville

Phil Neville’s first signing as Inter Miami is set to be Ryan Shawcross, according to our American sources.

Neville has made the move for Shawcross, who has been given permission to leave Stoke.

And we understand talks are progressing nicely and the one-time capped England man will become Neville’s first major signing since taking charge of the MLS’ newest franchise.

Shawcross has served Stoke for more than a decade since joining from Manchester United, playing over 400 games.

However, he’s only played a bit-part role this season, playing just three times. Shawcross’ contract at the bet365 Stadium expires in the summer – but an early exit now looks on the cards.

The move across the pond will give Shawcross and his family a lovely new lifestyle.

Indeed Shawcross and Neville were teammates together at United, and now they will be reunited in Florida. Club president and co-owner David Beckham also knows Shawcross.

All being well, an announcement will be made in due course. Shawcross will join in good time ahead of the new MLS season in April.

Beckham explains Neville appointment

Beckham insists Neville is worthy of his chance after being handed the Inter Miami role recently.

Upon his appointment, Beckham said: “I am very happy with the leadership group we have established to lead the team as we turn the page following our inaugural season and look forward to having Chris and Phil join us soon.

“I have known Phil since we were both teenagers at the Manchester United academy. We share a footballing DNA having been trained by some of the best leaders in the game, and it’s those values that I have always wanted running through our club.

“Phil has deep experience in football, as a player and as a coach at both club and international level, and over his career he has worked with many of the finest managers and players in the game.

“I know his qualities as a person, his decency, loyalty and honesty – and his incredible energy and work ethic. Anyone who has played or worked with Phil knows he is a natural leader, and I believe now is the right time for him to join.”

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