Liverpool-linked Xherdan Shaqiri admits to Premier League snub

Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri has been discussing his move to Inter Milan and admitted to snubbing interest from England after being linked with Liverpool and Stoke City.

Xherdan Shaqiri has been speaking to Inter Milan’s official website after completing a move to the San Siro and has admitted to snubbing interest from England.

The Switzerland international has moved to Serie A on a four-and-a-half-year contract after growing disillusioned with life on the fringes of the fold at Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

Once it became apparent that he would be leaving Germany, clubs across Europe were credited with holding an interest in his services.

Premier League sides Liverpool and Stoke City were reported to be in the hunt by the Daily Star, with his work rate and creative ability seemingly well suited to life in England.

Shaqiri has, however, opted to make a fresh start in Italy, with former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini convincing him that Inter are the best choice at this stage of his career.

The 23-year-old told the club’s official website: "I received other offers from England and Germany, but I always knew what I wanted to do. I spoke with Mancini on the phone, he explained his plans to me and I didn’t look back from there. It was always a clear choice for me – I want to help the club so that we can achieve big things once again.

"I wasn’t completely happy at Bayern. I need to play because that’s the only way I can show what I’m worth. As a result, I’m delighted to be at Inter. I’m hungry for success and I’ll do whatever it takes to win something for this club. I feel really confident about the relationship that’s taking shape with the coach and the squad."

Shaqiri spent two-and-a-half years with Bayern, during which time he was regularly linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena.

He was able to impress during his time in Germany, though, netting 17 times in 80 appearances and gracing the 2014 World Cup finals.

It could be that he ends up in the Premier League at some stage in the future, but for now his attention has turned to terrorising Serie A defences.

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