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Shaqiri: "I'll Still Be at Bayern Munich Next Season"

On the comeback trail from a thigh injury, Shaqiri talked at an autograph signing about his Bayern future, his injury progress, and his country's chances at the World Cup

Lennart Preiss

Xherdan Shaqiri revealed his intention to stay at Bayern Munich next season at an autograph signing in Basel, Switzerland.

According to Swiss newspaper Blick, a young girl asked the 22-year-old where he intends to play next season. He laughed at the question, saying "still at Bayern München."

The entire 2013/14 season, various media outlets, foreign and domestic, linked Shaqiri with a move away at the club. Arsenal, Liverpool, Juventus, Napoli, and Sevilla were all rumored to have interest in Shaqiri, although if the Swiss superstar's answer to children of outside inquries is the same to negotiating clubs, the rumored sides will have to look elsewhere.

Despite injury troubles throughout the season, Shaqiri's seven goals in all 2013/14 competitions is only one less goal than last season in 675 less minutes. He has also become a critical piece for the Swiss national team, part of the reason Switzerland was a seeded country going into the World Cup.

He is currently recovering from his third thigh injury of the season, although he is confident he will be ready for the World Cup in Brazil.

"I can't make any promises about the World Cup," he said. "I have enough time until the first game with the Swiss to arrive at 100 percent. I will be top fit.

"We have a good, young, hungry team. Our goal is to get out of the group, but we can ensure a surprise. I am positive we will play a good World Cup."

Shaqiri's rehab has gotten him back on the practice field, but the club has not yet cleared him for full training. That is something he hopes will happen soon.

"My goal is to enter into team training next week and to prepare for the DFB-Pokal Final," said Shaqiri. "

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