Stoke star Xherdan Shaqiri talks up the lure of the Premier League

With stops in Germany and Italy along the way, the midfielder is in a good place to assess the standard of English football.

The signing of Xherdan Shaqiri by Stoke City made waves around the league earlier in the summer, with the player deemed to have been a significant coup for the Potters.

The 23-year-old signed for the club for a reported £12 million, according to the BBC, and has since become a key figure in Mark Hughes' plans with the Staffordshire club.

But for as lucky as Stoke must feel to have landed his talents, it seems that Shaqiri is equally as happy to have found himself a spot in the English Premier League.

Speaking in an interview with, the ex-Inter man unveiled his initial thoughts on his new league, with a particular focus on drawing on his experiences of other top European leagues to aid his assessment.

"The football here is tough and spectacular, and I’m enjoying it," Shaqiri said. "Although I’ve only played a few matches in the Premier League so far, I feel I’ve arrived in the best league in the world."

With just six appearances under his belt at his new club, in what could still be considered very early days, the Swiss international is no doubt eager to keep his new challenge rolling.

And even more so given Stoke's position in the league, following a slow start to the new season. They sit in 17th place at present, and just two points above the relegation zone.

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