Shawcross rubbishes talk of rift in Stoke dressing room

Date published: Monday 26th September 2016 2:18 - Rob Conlon

Ryan Shawcross: Defender happy with squad unity

Ryan Shawcross has defended Wilfried Bony and Gianelli Imbula after reports the duo had caused a dressing room split at Stoke.

Last week it was suggested Bony and Imbula have failed to integrate themselves at Stoke, while there were also accusations they were slacking in training.

Mark Hughes moved to dismiss the reports before the 1-1 draw with West Brom – which left Stoke without a win in the Premier League – and Shawcross has followed his manager’s lead.

“Wilf’s come in and shown a brilliant attitude. He’s part of the team and he’s very enthusiastic,” he said.

“G (Imbula) is obviously disappointed he’s not in the team but he’s working hard to get back in.

“We’ve got a very good group of lads, a good team spirit and that’s what will get us the points that we need to have a good season.”

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