Bayern Munich midfielder admits he’ll leave if his situation doesn’t change

by Sam Peoples

Xherdan Shaqiri has made it clear he does not want to stay at Bayern Munich unless he is given more opportunities by Pep Guardiola.

The 22-year-old moved to the German champions from FC Basel two years ago but has never been able to secure a regular starting spot in Bavaria.

Shaqiri was linked with Manchester United thanks to his brother and agent who said he’d be ready to listen to offers from clubs like United in the summer.

Although he did try to backtrack from these comments, the tone was indicative of his unhappiness at Bayern, something which is reflected in his latest comments too.

“I’m not going to go through another year like this,” he said according to FIFA.

“If not much changes, then I will have to change something.

“We’ll just have to see what happens. I’d only be interested in a club who could challenge for silverware.

“I’ve gained more experience and things have improved sportingly too. I’ve got better.

“I felt Heynckes had more faith in me, but that’s maybe also because Guardiola talks with us less.”

Under Heynckes, Shaqiri made 26 league appearances in comparison to 17 under Guardiola and although the arrival of Mario Gotze was always going to create more competition for places, Shaqiri isn’t happy at the chances he has been given.

Shaqiri’s a decent winger and if United are looking at the likes of Yehven Konoplyanka this summer, then we should be taking a look at Shaqiri too.

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