Ahead of the much anticipated Bayern Munich vs. Liverpool clash at Anfield on Tuesday, Xherdan Shaqiri sat down for two interviews. He met with Sport1 and FC Bayern to discuss everything from his time at the Bavarian club to a possible return to Munich.
When asked about his thoughts upon drawing Bayern:
Joy. But I knew right away that this would be a difficult but interesting challenge. We’ll try to exploit the weaknesses of Bayern and want to return to the final — like last year. Bayern was just my wish.
I had two and a half great years in Munich. I haven’t played there since my farewell at the beginning of 2015. It’ll be a special match for me at the Allianz Arena.
I constantly have positive memories of Munich. The best time of my career so far was at Bayern. It was a great two-and-a-half years with lots of titles and emotions. I learned a lot then. Not only about the sport but also life. And I made lots of friends. Every time I come back to Munich I feel at home.
Well if that doesn’t make you feel good about how your team treats its players, I don’t know what will. Granted that was five years ago, but if that culture continued on, Bayern sounds like a good place to have your career.
In reply to if he would consider ever moving back to Bayern:
A return to Bayern is totally imaginable for me, because I always carry Bayern in my heart. Would they call me again, that would be interesting and emotional for me. At the present time, however, a return is inconceivable. Right now I am, in my view, at the perfect club and under the perfect leadership.
However unlikely this is, you can’t not entertain the idea. Shaqiri is an experienced, but still young, player that can get the job done. Not to mention that he already knows everything about Bayern. So if he would want to come back, I’d welcome him with open arms. Unless, of course, he goes and scores a game-winning goal to knock us out. Choose well, Xherdan.