Stoke City boss Tony Pulis has reiterated that Ryan Shawcross will not be loaned out following interest from Derby County.
Shawcross has started just one game in the Premier League this season since playing a key role in Stoke's promotion to the top flight.
Championship side Derby have expressed an interest in the former Manchester United youngster as Paul Jewell looks to improve his defensive options.
However, Pulis has reassured Shawcross that he is part of his plans at the Britannia Stadium and he has no plans to send the 21-year-old out on loan.
"Ryan has been part of this club and part of this team and I still think the world of him," Pulis told The Sentinel.
"He's going to be a top, top player, but that doesn't always mean you're in the team every week.
"You look at all top players who've now made it and you can bet they've had periods during their career when they've had to fight for their place.
"This is the Premier League and there should be tough competition for places, hopefully in all areas of the team.
"I haven't forgotten what Ryan did last season - and I certainly haven't overlooked what he can do for us in the future.
"With us still being in the Carling Cup, it's obviously important we keep players, so we have the right numbers at our disposal."