Date: 23rd June 2017 at 11:02am
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Roma have been linked with a potential swoop on Stoke for Xherdan Shaqiri, who of course has previous in Serie A at Inter Milan, but the ex-Bayern Munich forward isn’t leaving the club.

According to chairman Peter Coates, Stoke have ‘no plans’ to offload the Swiss, who he feels remains happy at the club and settled in Staffordshire.

Coates told the Stoke Sentinel: ‘There are no plans to sell him. He seems very settled with us and towards the end of the season he came back (from injury) and did well. We are settled with him, too, and are hoping to see a good season from him next season.’

Roma, having sold Mohamed Salah to Liverpool, are in the market for a new signing with speculation growing the Italian side, runners up in Serie A to Juventus last season, see Shaqiri as the man to fill that void.

Mark Hughes has reportedly made it clear he doesn’t want Shaqiri, 25, sold as he’s seen as central to the Stoke boss’ future plans, remaining hopeful the Potters can get a near injury-free season from the Switzerland international.

He has shown glimpses of his ability during his two years at Stoke so far, often marred by niggling injuries that have prevent Shaqiri enjoying a sustained run in Hughes’ side.

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