Xhedran Shaqiri has firmly dismissed budding rumors suggesting that he is set to leave Stoke City, following a fall out with the Stoke City boss Mark Hughes over Xhedran’s detrimental, injury-prone lifestyle. The Daily Mail has cited Xhedran refuting immediate action, but opening up to future moves if a top club comes knocking for the Swiss National.
‘I have a contract with Stoke until 2020’, he told Swiss newspaper Blick.
‘If I were to leave Stoke, it would have to be a step up for me. Everything would have to be right’.
Regarding the rumors of a poor lifestyle and fallout with Mark Hughes, he said ‘It is nonsense that there was a problem with Hughes. We never even had a discussion,’
‘And there is no truth in reports that my lifestyle was not healthy. Such accusations annoy me. It is utter nonsense. I am the opposite of someone who is not professional.’
Xhaqiri recently has admitted his dissatisfaction with his team’s midtable finishes, and wants Stoke City to emulate the likes of Leicester City, to compete for the Premier League and Champions League.
Xhaqiri has also asked Stoke to further reinforce the team by bringing in new recruits, after Stoke announced the signing of former Manchester United and West Brom player, Darren Fletcher.