Mark Hughes responds to legendary manager's criticism concerning Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes with Xherdan Shaqiri

Shaqiri represented an incredible coup for Stoke, but the winger's former boss beleives he made a mistake.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has responded to claims from former Switzerland boss Ottmar Hitzfeld that Xherdan Shaqiri’s is too good for The Potters, talkSPORT reports.

The dynamic winger completed the rather unique career path of Bayern Munich to Inter Milan to Stoke last summer when he arrived at the Bet365 Stadium for a then-club-record £12 million, as reported by the Daily Mail.

Shaqiri, who was once considered the long-term heir to Arjen Robben or Franck Ribery at the Allianz Arena, has performed in fits and bursts for the Potters so far however, with moments of individual class such as his sublime double in a 2-0 win at Hull, punctuated by a series of niggling injury issues.

Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri scores their second goal

However, Hitzfeld, one of the most successful managers of the modern era and one of only five to win the European Cup with two different clubs, told Blick recently that the exciting wideman has far too much potential to by plying his trade at the Potteries, who he believes represent football’s ‘no man’s land’, the Stoke Sentinel reports.

And Hughes has now reacted to the former Switzerland coach, inviting him to travel to Stoke and sample the club’s famous atmosphere.

“He’s speaking from a place where he doesn’t understand the Premier League or hasn’t experienced many games at the Bet365,” Hughes said in quotes broadcast on the Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast, aired at 6am on talkSPORT on 2nd December.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes with Xherdan Shaqiri

“He’s invited to come along and see what we do. Xherdan is very happy here. Maybe Ottmar needs to come to the game at the weekend and see the excitement and the energy of the football we play.

“I’m sure he’d enjoy it.”

Shaqiri’s surprise switch from Milan to Stoke in many ways epitomises the growing status of the Premier League, with the prospect of one of Europe’s most exciting wingers in his prime pitching up at the Bet365 surely unthinkable only a few years ago.

(From L-R) Bayern Munich's Rafinha, Dante, Xherdan Shaqiri, Franck Ribery, Manuel Neuer and Mario Mandzukic celebrate with the trophy after the game

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