Stephane Henchoz criticises Xherdan Shaqiri for Stoke switch

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The one-time Liverpool defender has questioned the motives behind Xherdan Shaqiri's recent Stoke City move.

As a former Premier League player with Liverpool, as well as being a fellow Swiss, Stephane Henchoz has spoken out on Xherdan Shaqiri's recent swapping of Inter Milan for Stoke City.

The 41-year-old's thoughts on the move were captured by national newspaper Tages Anzeiger this week, where Henchoz didn't hold back in his assessment of the situation. He said: "(English) clubs have a tremendous amount of money, and that will be even more pronounced from the 2016-17 season. Why else would Xherdan Shaqiri sign a five-year contract with Stoke?"

The veteran of over 100 Premier League appearances for Liverpool also added that the 23-year-old's ambition to play in Europe's top competitions must be questioned, particularly after trading recent clubs Bayern Munich and Inter Milan for Mark Hughes' side.

"He is certainly not there because Stoke have big ambitions to reach the Champions League, which will never be the case," Henchoz insisted. "It is only because of the money at Stoke."

Shaqiri joined the Staffordshire outfit for a club record signing £12 million last month, as reported by the BBC, after he called time on a short, ill-fated spell in Italy with Inter Milan. He made just 20 appearances at the San Siro before being enticed to England.

Even before the criticism from Henchoz, his decision to sign for Stoke had drawn confusion from around the footballing word, while it was perhaps the symbol of the summer in demonstrating the Premier League's present day muscle.

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