Spurs target Shaqiri hints at move to Champions League club

Date published: Friday 18th May 2018 10:15

Xherdan Shaqiri admits he would like to play in the Champions League next season after Stoke City were relegated from the Premier League.

The Switzerland international was linked with a move to Serie A side Roma in the January transfer window but recent reports have speculated that Tottenham might be keen on the Potters forward.

It is understood that he has a release clause in his Stoke contract of £12million if the Potters were relegated.

Now that has happened it leaves the door open for Spurs to pounce with Mauricio Pochettino’s side finishing third and qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

And Shaqiri thinks it would be ideal if his next club were playing in Europe and more specifically the Champions League.

“It is important for me to find a club where the manager and directors all want me to sign,” Shaqiri said.

“It will be all the better if this club is playing in Europe. It is any footballer’s great aim to play in the Champions League.

“I will always be thankful to Stoke, as my time with them has been the most educational spell of my career.

“I’ve been able to establish myself in the Premier League, and the club stood by me even when things didn’t go well for me.

“Above all I’ve learned how to defend properly. Previously I always played for teams that were set up to attack in Basel, Bayern and Inter.

“I have matured as a person as well as a player. That is the reason I have provided more goals and assists than before – although I’d have sooner got one less and we’d have stayed up.

“You’ll understand that I can’t talk about what is written in my contract.

“No-one is perfect. I didn’t play well in every game, and all of us – players, staff and management – made mistakes.

“I’m not sleeping well for the moment. I feel sorry for the Stoke fans, the club and the people who work for it.

“It’s now important for Stoke to draw lessons from the season so they can hopefully return to the Premier League as soon as possible.

“With the support they enjoy, that is where I belong.”


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