Rivals for £15m Tottenham target rule themselves out of the running

Schalke 04 say they have no interest in the signing of Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri.

All summer the future of Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri was 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 likes of Liverpool and Manchester United were linked.

Shaqiri recently hinted at a potential exit, stating:

"In the summer I said that I would like to have more playing time. I sat down with the club and made my position clear. I accepted staying, but in the winter we need to sit again and look at the situation. The key to performing well is to maintain good contact with the coach and to enjoy his confidence, but it has not always been the case here."

It seems that Shaqiri is not currently working well with Pep Guardiola - leaving the window open for him to potentially make a move away from the Allianz for the reported £15 million Bayern will want for his signature.

The newest teams on the block in regards to interest in his services are Schalke 04 and Tottenham Hotspur. It is believed that Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is a big fan of the Swiss international and would like to introduce him to the Premier League.

Schalke have however pulled out of the running. Their sporting director Horst Heldt has left the door open for the likes of Tottenham and co to make a move for the player - by stating:

“This is a great player, but we are well equipped on the wing positions.”

Tottenham on the other hand could so with some genuine width so perhaps they should take advantage of this developing situation.

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