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Blick: Shaqiri's Agent and Bayern Munich Talking Extension

The swirling rumors might all be for not if Bayern are able to convince Shaqiri to stay

Phil Walter

Xherdan Shaqiri could be staying at Bayern Munich after all despite reported interest from Juventus, Liverpool, and AS Monaco. According to swiss newspaper Blick, Bayern are talking with Shaqiri's agents on a contract extension until 2018.

Bayern want to keep him – and maybe even extend his contract soon! Because according to Blick information is a meeting set between Shaqiri's agents and [CEO] Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, [sport director] Matthias Sammer, and [technical director] Michael Reschke. The two parties will sit together to discuss the future.

Shaqiri's contract, which he signed two years ago upon his transfer from FC Basel, is set to expire in 2016, giving him just two more seasons under contract with Bayern. A salary report in February revealed that Shaqiri makes approximately €2.5 million annually, so a new deal might come with a bit of a wage bump.

The 22-year old has scored 15 goals and registered 17 assists in his first two years at Bayern, but has only collected 3137 minutes in 66 appearances. He has played on both flanks and behind the striker under both former manager Jupp Heynckes and current gaffer Pep Guardiola.

Blick also reported that Bayern declined an €18 million transfer offer for Shaqiri from Liverpool, who have since purchased Lazar Markovic from SL Benfica. Tuttosport quoted Shaqiri as saying that Juventus "would be a good option", but he addressed those rumors on his Facebook page the same day. Sammer ruled out a transfer earlier this month, telling kicker that Shaqiri is "an important part of our future."

After reaching the round of 16 of the World Cup with Switzerland, Shaqiri took an offseason vacation before returning to team training on Thursday. As he prepares for his third season in Munich, Bayern will probably do what they can to be sure hat he stays in Germany.

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