It's been a busy month for Xherdan Shaqiri. The Bayern Munich midfielder went to the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup before bowing out to Argentina. Plus, he's been linked with a move to every single league and team under the sun.
We've known about the links with rumored bid from Liverpool and the link with AS Roma. Recently, there have been talks of Juventus. Tuttosport wrote about it today. They claim an interview with Shaqiri where he said the following.
"I'm on vacation and don't know yet what will happen. My brother is handling my future. The only thing certain is that I have a contract with Bayern Munich until 2016. Juventus? I don't know if there has been any contact between Juve and Bayern and am not even aware of Liverpool and Monaco. Juve could definitely be a good option, but the same goes for Liverpool and Monaco. Juventus is a great club. Who wouldn't like to play for them? I am a Bayern player, but I would not see Juventus as a backward step in my career."
So, basically, we were given a quote from Shaqiri that basically says, "If I were to end up at Juventus, it wouldn't be a step backwards for me." Thanks, Tuttosport, for that in depth coverage?
Shaqiri took to his Facebook page today to respond to all of the rumors out there surrounding him and the validity of the "quote" above from Tuttosport.
He reminds everyone that this is the time of year all of these rumors are written with very little truth to them, and that he's still on vacation and hasn't been speaking to other clubs and journalists. He has a contract with Bayern through 2016, and those responsible at Bayern have been in regular contact with his advisors.
If you'll remember, Matthias Sammer also ruled out a Shaqiri transfer just a few weeks ago. So, while we should never say never, it's starting to look like we can shut the door on Shaqiri moving away from Bayern this summer.