Liverpool target Shaqiri in Facebook rant - 'There is no reason for speculation'

Xherdan Shaqiri has denied making comments recently published in the Italian media through his official Facebook account.


All summer the future of Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri has been open for debate. The talented attacking midfielder is obviously a player any team in Europe would want to have as part of their squad - but he is currently struggling for first-team football where he is.

Shaqiri is in competition with the likes of Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Mario Gotze and Thomas Muller for first-team football at Bayern Munich.

After impressing at the World Cup once again his name has entered the gossip columns. With first-team opportunities rare for Shaqiri at the Allianz Arena it was generally expected he might be on the move.

In the Premier League the team that has been most heavily linked is Liverpool - despite the similar signings of Lazar Markovic and Adam Lallana at Anfield.

But this week it has been Juventus who have been strongly linked with his signature. It was even reported Shaqiri himself had mentioned a potential move to Turin, stating to Italian media:

“Juve? I don't know if there are contacts with them or with Liverpool and Monaco. Surely Juve could be a good option so as Liverpool and Monaco. They are a big club, who wouldn't like to play there ? I'm a Bayern player but I wouldn't see Bianconeri as a step backward for my career."

However, he has now flatly denied ever making the comments. In a justified rant on his official Facebook page Shaqiri has made it clear that right now he has no desire to leave Bayern - he simply wants to enjoy his vacation - stating:

"I would like to give my view on the rumours. As you all know, I am currently on holiday, so I am not concerning myself with other clubs, nor do I speak to any journalists.

"My contract with Bayern runs until 2016. My advisors are in regular contact with the people in charge at Bayern, which is why there is no reason for speculation."

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