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Shaqiri 'will listen to Liverpool and United'

ESPN staff
March 20, 2014
Pep Guardiola has called Xherdan Shaqiri his "most important bench player" © AP

Xherdan Shaqiri has grown frustrated with his lack of playing time at Bayern Munich and is ready to discuss a transfer to the Premier League or Serie A, according to his brother.

The Switzerland winger has been limited to eight starts in the Bundesliga this season and a further two in the DFB-Pokal as a result of competition for places and a two-month spell on the sidelines through injury.

Bayern boss Pep Guardiola has called Shaqiri, who has made a total of 20 appearances in all competitions, his "most important bench player" but it appears the former Basel man will seek a transfer in the summer.

Shaqiri said earlier this month that he would listen if the likes of Liverpool, Napoli or Juventus made a bid, and his brother and agent, Erdin, has now told Swiss paper Blick: "Xherdan is 22. You need to win regular minutes at this age and that, right now, is not the case.

"We are now waiting until the summer. When clubs like Liverpool, Manchester United, Inter Milan or other top clubs want to talk, then we will certainly listen to them."

However, he added: "Bayern will remain the first club we'll talk to before we start talking to other clubs."

The remarks, made earlier this week, have prompted criticism in Shaqiri's homeland, with former Switzerland and Bayern player Ciriaco Sforza warning in Blick: "They don't like those things at Bayern.

"You could run into big trouble with the Bayern family. Xherdan can be proud of what he has achieved at Bayern. He gets a lot of playing time there and, when he comes off the bench, he scores or sets up goals. Players like [Thomas] Mueller or [Mario] Goetze, to name just two, have also found themselves on the bench."

Switzerland legend Kubilay Turkyilmaz also urged Shaqiri to fight for his place at Bayern, and said a move to England would not suit his abilities.

"Liverpool might be okay for him, but the Premier League is not Shaq's league," he said. "The best choice for him would be Dortmund. Juergen Klopp's football suits him."

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