Bayern Munich attacker Xherdan Shaqiri has claimed the club rejected his request to pursue a transfer away from the Allianz Arena this summer in a bid to gain more regular first-team football.
Shaqiri officially joined Bayern in the summer transfer window of 2012 from FC Basel, but has been unable to cement his place as a first-team mainstay - initially under Jupp Heynckes and now Pep Guardiola.
Given his position in Munich, the 22-year-old had been linked with a move away from the club, with Liverpool one of several sides linked with a move to recruit the Switzerland international.
Liverpool were reported to have made a £14.2 million offer in a bid to bring Shaqiri to Anfield, but Bayern rejected this proposal as well as all those made by other clubs.
As Shaqiri reveals, he even went to far has to ask to leave Bayern but the club maintained his future is in Munich, despite the interest from some of Europe's most prominent clubs.
"I asked to leave in order to play more regularly, but the club wanted me to stay," he told Sky Sport.
"So now I must remain here, at Bayern, and I will give my best for them."
Shaqiri has featured in both of Bayern's outings in the Bundesliga this season, and played for the full 90 minutes in the draw with Schalke on Saturday, which saw former Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso make his debut for the club.
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