“Xherdan Shaqiri Going Nowhere” – Mark Hughes 

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Stoke boss Mark Hughes has rubbished speculation linking Xherdan Shaqiri with a move away from the bet365 Stadium.

Roma were linked to the Switzerland international after his agent brother said ‘never say never’ in response to a question about a transfer to the Italian capital.

But Hughes said: “I’ve heard the speculation but that’s all it is – speculation.

“There was a throw-away comment from his brother and it was jumped upon by some people who thought there was something afoot. But that isn’t the case.

“Shaq is moving into a new property at the moment so that would suggest he’s happy and settled.”

“Take it from me, he isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon.”

Shaqiri, who has also played for Basel and Bayern Munich , struck twice as Stoke won at Hull last week to claim back-to-back Premier League victories.

That took his season’s tally to three goals – already equaling his haul for last term. And Hughes (right) added: “Shaq needed a year to come to terms with the Premier League .

“He was our record signing and there was pressure and expectation on him.

“Sometimes that can be difficult and I think that was what he struggled with a bit.

“But he has come back having had a really good effect at the Euros – and it looks like the switch has been flicked.

“He has really got to grips with the Premier League and we are going to benefit from that.”



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