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May 28, 2014

Shaqiri casts doubt over Bayern future

Xherdan Shaqiri has told 20min.ch of his discontent with his situation at Bayern Munich and has not ruled out leaving the club after the World Cup.

Bayern Munich: Season review

Shaqiri joined Bayern from FC Basel in the summer of 2012, when he signed a four-year contract with the German side. During his first year at Bayern, the winger made a total of 38 appearances in which he scored eight goals and set up a further 13.

In the most recent season, the 22-year-old has, in part due to several minor injuries, been limited to 23 games. He scored seven goals and set up a further three.

"I felt more trust under [Jupp] Heynckes, maybe because [Pep] Guardiola does not talk to the players that much," Shaqiri, who is currently preparing for the World Cup with Switzerland, told 20min.ch.

"The past season, I wasn't that lucky with several minor muscle injuries, and wasn't that close. But I am delighted that I was able to perform, when I played. I was able to develop further. I am a better player now. I am only disappointed that I played less."

This disappointment could lead to Shaqiri leaving the club. "We will see," he replied when asked about a potential transfer away from the Bundesliga champions.

"It's clear, I don't want to continue like that. If there is only little change, I will need to make a change. I am young and I need to develop further. I also want to start in the big games and not only in Bundesliga, when everything is decided already. I don't want to experience a year like that ever again."

Asked about possible new clubs, the winger said that "Champions League is important" for him. "We will see what happens, but principally I want to see out my contract."

The midfielder had been linked with Bundesliga side Borussia Moenchengladbach in the past, but there have also been rumours about a switch to the Premier League.

Asked about reports linking him to Liverpool, and whether England could be an option, he said: "Sure. When I make the switch, it will be abroad and most likely not within Bundesliga. But it has to be a club that competes for the title."

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