The World Cup star is unhappy with Bayern and Guardiola.
Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri has given a frank interview in which he explains his situation at Bayern Munich, and strongly hints that he could be leaving in January.
In an interview with Swiss paper Neue Zeitung Zurich, Shaqiri outlined his unhappiness at the lack of game time he has received at Bayern.
“It is well known that in the summer I wanted more match practice. I got together and spoke with FC Bayern. The message was clear: I had to stay. I’ve accepted that. In the winter we will get together and see.”
The interview also mentions an incident in the summer, when Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer commented that Shaqiri was the “future” of the club. Shaqiri replied with this tweet:
I live in present… Not in future….;-)
— Xherdan Shaqiri (@XS_11official) July 15, 2014
While Shaqiri says that Bayern did not speak to him about the tweet, it certainly indicates tension between the two parties. Shaqiri admits that this tension was worsened by Pep Guardiola’s decision to start 17-year-old Gianluca Gaudino in Bayern’s first Bundesliga game, while Shaqiri watched from the bench.
“This was not an easy moment. It is not nice to sit out, as an international player, while a 17-year-old with less experience plays ahead of you,” he moaned.
The tension palpable in the Swiss star’s answers will have Premier League clubs very excited indeed. Despite not playing much for Bayern, Shaqiri is a top talent and would be an excellent replacement for Raheem Sterling at Liverpool or Eden Hazard at Chelsea if Real Madrid come calling with a monster bid this summer.