Switzerland star Xherdan Shaqiri has provided an update on his future following his country’s exit from the World Cup at the hands of Sweden.
The diminutive Stoke playmaker is on the market following his club’s relegation to the Championship, with a release clause in his contract allowing him to leave The Potters for anything between £12 million and £14 million, as The Daily Mirror reports.
He has been linked with both Liverpool and Manchester United after indications that the 26-year old wants to stay in the Premier League, and now it looks like his future may soon be decided, following remarks made by the player himself in which he said: “At the moment, I can’t say anything. You’re going to hear soon on my future.
“I was not thinking about this because I was just focused on my national team and I wanted to make a good tournament for my team and my nation.”
Shaqiri generally had a good World Cup, although his double-eagle celebration after scoring the winner against Serbia landed both him and teammate Granit Xhaka in hot water with FIFA because of its overtly political connotations.
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