Ryan Shawcross left Stoke after 14 years at the club, after seeing his contract mutually terminated ahead of a planned transfer to Inter Miami from Phil Neville to MLS.
The 33-year-old, who has made more than 400 appearances for the Potters, is leaving the bet365 stadium before his contract expires this summer.
Shawcross decided to cancel his contract early in order to team up with Miami ahead of the 2021 MLS opener on April 3.
“Ryan’s contribution to the Club over the past 14 years simply cannot be overstated. His exceptional leadership and consistency in his displays have made him a talismanic figure to us,” said Stoke General Manager Tony Scholes, in a statement.
“He thinks the time has come to explore new opportunities and leaves with our best wishes. I would like to take this opportunity to wish Ryan, his wife Kath and their family every success for the future – they will always be welcome. at bet365. Stadium. “
Shawcross joined the Potters from Manchester United in 2007, under a loan deal that became permanent in January 2008.
Months later Stoke was celebrating his promotion to the Premier League and Shawcross wasted no time in establishing himself as a key figure as the club shattered expectations by retaining their top status.
He was named club captain at the start of the 2010/11 season, which would see him lead Stoke to Wembley in the FA Cup final against Manchester City.
“It’s very rare these days for a player to stay at a club for 14 years; I’m sure Ryan has had the opportunity to go elsewhere over the years, but he clearly felt settled and appreciated here. Stoke manager Michael O’Neill added.
“He hasn’t appeared as often as he would have liked over the past two years, but his professionalism and the way he has conducted himself, both on the training ground and around the club, since I joined the club simply cannot be questioned. “