Serie A star on why he turned down Anfield move.
Inter Milan winger and former Liverpool target Xherdan Shaqiri has explained why he turned down the chance to move to Anfield this January, the Daily Express reports.
The Italian giants won the race for the former Bayern Munich attacking midfielder this winter after months of speculation surrounding his future at the club.
Having joined Bayern from FC Basel as one of the brightest prospects in European football, the Swiss international found regular playing time hard to come by at the Allianz Arena and decided to move on this season.
Shaqiri has now revealed he came close to moving to Liverpool in the summer only for Bayern to reject the Reds’ offer, but he felt that he had a ‘gut feeling’ about Inter this January, and is pleased to have made the switch to the San Siro.
“My gut feeling was with Inter,” he said.
“I had wanted to join Liverpool over the summer, but Bayern would not agree to it.
“That was not easy for me, but I had to accept it. That’s why I am glad that it has worked out with this move in the winter.”
Although Shaqiri is only on loan with Inter, his move is expected to be made permanent at the end of the season.