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Bayern Munich legend hits out at Stoke City new boy

ShaqiriStoke City fans in the Football Transfer Tavern are still celebrating the signing of Xherdan Shaqiri, but it appears not everyone agrees with the Swiss international’s move to the Britannia Stadium.

Shaqiri completed a £12million move from Inter Milan earlier this week, just six months after swapping Bayern Munich for the San Siro.

Shaqiri made his name at the Allianz Arena, despite struggling to hold down a regular first team place with the likes of Frank Ribery, Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller battling for those attacking positions.

And that has prompted Bayern Munich legend Stefan Effenberg to claim his former player has opted for a move to the Potteries for financial reasons alone.

“I do not understand Shaqiri’s move to Stoke at all. You have been badly advised if you go there,” Effenberg told Sky. “You have to ask yourself where you can reach your sporting goals as a footballer. That should be the challenge. Schalke would have been perfect for Shaqiri.

“Earning €1 million (£710,000) more or less should be irrelevant. When you can make €6 million (£4.2m) at Stoke or €3m (£2.1m) at Schalke, you pick the latter. You play Bundesliga football in a great stadium, get your desired return to Germany and play for a great club that you can help move forward.

“But Stoke? Come on, I cannot understand the player, his agent, his parents or his brother. This is a shame and a sad state of affairs. Only because they are throwing around cash? Is it really all about money for footballers these days?”

Our resident Stoke fans here in the Transfer Tavern still can’t believe they’ve actually managed to secure the signing of the ex-Bayern Munich man, with all of them admitting they can’t stop thinking about Bojan, Affelay and Shaqiri as a front three!

Is this an example of a player moving for the money? Stoke fans, what do you make of Effenberg’s comments? Let us know your thoughts below!

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