Stoke City winger Xherdan Shaqiri has claimed former club Bayern Munich stopped a potential move to Liverpool. The Switzerland international says Rodgers wanted to secure his services prior to the World Cup finals in Brazil. Shaqiri ended up staying at Munich before joining Inter Milan in January 2015 for €15m. He eventually got his move to the Premier League when Stoke City bought him for £12million in August 2015.
Highly rated youngster
Shaqiri was regarded as one of Europe’s most highly rated young players before he moved to Germany from Swiss giants Basle. Despite not holding down a regular starting position with the Bundesliga giants, Shaqiri spent almost three years at Bayern, making 81 appearances and scoring 17 goals in all competitions. There he won the Bundesliga twice, as well as a brace of German Cup wins and a solitary Champions League triumph.
Speaking to Football Italia, Shaqiri stated he had decided to join Liverpool, only for Bayern Munich to stop the move. “I wanted to leave Bayern at all costs. I decided to join Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers had already called me a couple of times before the World Cup, but Bayern stopped me,” Shaqiri revealed.
Transfer to Inter
“The Bayern directors thought that the situation would change, but it didn’t. Gianluca Gaudino was preferred to me in the first game.”
“This was, of course, a signal for me, in that I didn’t understand why they wanted to keep me at all costs.”
“Inter? They simply tried for me the most. They promised me a new Inter. In the Bundesliga, I’d already won everything.”
“Italian football, however, I didn’t particularly like. It was too slow, full of tactics and difficult for me to show my explosiveness.”
Shaqiri’s time at Inter was brief, with the winger spending just half a season with the Serie A side, scoring three goals in 20 appearances before making the move to the Premier League with Stoke. The former Basel youngster has made 11 league appearances so far this season, scoring three goals.
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