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Shaqiri will only leave Stoke for 'a step up'

Goal.com logo Goal.com 04-06-2017

Xherdan Shaqiri is apparently in no rush to leave Stoke City and claimed he will only depart the bet365 Stadium if "everything is right" at a bigger club.

The Switzerland international joined Stoke from Inter in 2015 and has since developed into a key figure at the Premier League side.

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The 25-year-old has been linked with a move on more than one occasion, but a transfer is by no means a priority for the attacker.

"I have a contract with Stoke until 2020," Shaqiri told Blick.

"If I were to leave Stoke, it would have to be a step up for me. Everything would have to be right."

Shaqiri missed a number of games due to a calf injury in the second half of the 2016-17 campaign, although some reports suggested he had fallen out with manager Mark Hughes.

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Nevertheless, he has claimed he never had any issues with Hughes, while also dismissing claims his absence was down to lifestyle issues.

"It is nonsense that there was a problem with Hughes. We never even had a discussion," Shaqiri added.

"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."

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