It was confirmed last night that Xherdan Shaqiri, the Swiss winger, has joined Stoke City for a fee of £12m from Inter Milan on a five year deal.
He is the ninth signing that Mark Hughes has made so far this Summer.
Hughes himself was part of the attraction to moving to Stoke rather than another club here in England or on the continent such as Germany, where he was successful with Bayern Munich previously.
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Wanted The Move
Speaking to the club’s own in-house channel, Stoke City Player, Shaqiri said “It is important for me to have the coach behind me, showing great belief in me and Mark Hughes has done that. He is a great guy, a great coach and somebody that I am really, really excited to work for."
"We have had many conversations, spoken about lots of different things and in the end this was the move that I really wanted to make.”
His signing is indicative of a trend for mid-table Premier League sides such as West Ham and Stoke themselves being prepared to offer attractive wages to players who may in previous seasons have signed for teams on the continent.
In 46 appearances for Switzerland he has scored 17 goals, and whilst in Germany playing for Bayern Munich he won the Bundesliga and the Champions League.
At 23 years old, he is a great signing by Stoke, and fits well into the Hughes’s attractive style of play which Stoke have adopted. Stoke’s next game is Tottenham away this Saturday where he will be in contention to play.