What Xherdan Shaqiri Has Said About His Stoke City Teammates Is Brutal
Xherdan Shaqiri has not held back on his Stoke City teammates.
The Swiss international transferred to the Premier League outfit from Italian giants Inter Milan for £12 million in 2015.
He's in his third season at Stoke, and, judging by his recent interview, it could very well be his last.
Shaqiri, who's weighed in with seven league goals this season, has blasted his teammates, bemoaning their lack of quality, while recalling the stars he was playing alongside with at Bayern Munich then Inter.
"The feeling that even a Ronaldinho could do little in this team is sobering," he said via Stoke Sentinel.
From rubbing shoulders with Franck Ribery and Mauro Icardi to Saido Berahino and Peter Crouch (sorry, Crouchy).
"I had to realise that it's a bit different when you have players like Ribéry and Thiago at Bayern or Icardi and Kovacic at Inter.
"Here at Stoke I can not exert too much influence, simply because there is a lack of quality around me.
Shaqiri added: "I can not just Löffel verwerfen (down tools )but it would take something extreme for Stoke in the transfer market this summer to revive my enthusiasm.
While he doesn't sound too happy in England, Paul Lambert will be praying the 26-year-old can steer his side out of danger who occupy one of the relegation spots.
Shaqiri has been nursing a calf strain for the past few weeks, but the club are hopeful he'll be fit for Arsenal on Sunday.
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