Date: 5th June 2018 at 8:00am
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Xherdan Shaqiri had previously said that although he was happy at the Potters, his future would be discussed over the summer once our league status for the coming year had been officially revealed.

Well, he was true to his word on Monday and he was correct, ‘it is no secret’ that many fans felt the 26-year-old would jump ship at the first available opportunity should relegation be our fate.

He has simply clarified that this week as he outlined his intention to depart the club and hopefully, earn a move back to the Premier League because he feels at home there.

The instant go to here sees speculation already linking former manager Mark Hughes and Southampton with an interest in him – Click Here – and apparently he’s available for as little as £12million following our drop into the Championship. Leicester City are also namechecked.

Shaqiri is quoted by Aargauer Zeitung (via Sky Sports) as saying.

“It is no secret that I will leave the club. I think the Premier League is perfect for me. I would love to stay in England but I don’t want to rule anything out. It’s the best league with the best players.”

With Shaqiri on international duty at the World Cup in Russia this summer, he certainly has the stage to shine and show that £12million (if true) would be a sensible gamble for anyone to take on him.

Having joined in August 2015 for the sum listed above from Inter, the Switzerland international would leave us having made 92 appearances across all competitions, with a return of 15 goals and a number of assists across those games.

He will naturally be a loss, but as he said ‘it is no secret’ this would be his outcome but some fans aren’t pleased.

 

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