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Friday, 9 January 2015

Shaqiri rejected €20 million Liverpool move

The winger was the subject of numerous bids from across Europe, including a big-money offer for the Reds, but was only ever interested in a move to San Siro
Shaqiri rejected €20 million Liverpool move
Xherdan Shaqiri
Xherdan Shaqiri rejected a €20 million move to Liverpool prior to signing for Inter, Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed.

The Switzerland international agreed to join the blue and black half of Milan on loan until the end of the season on Thursday, with a permanent €15 million deal expected to go through at the end of the campaign.

His future has been the subject of intense speculation for much of the last 12 months, with Liverpool strongly credited with an interest throughout, but it appears the Swiss long had his future mapped out.

Asked why Bayern had turned down a larger €20m bid from the Reds, Rummenigge said: "I don't owe explanations to anyone.

"But if you really want to know, it's very simple: the boy only wanted to join Inter and it was the same for us. End of story. I also refused offers from half the continent back in the day so I could join Inter. Inter are Inter."

Shaqiri, 23, joined Bayern from Basel in 2012 with a reputation as one of Europe's finest attacking prospects, but found opportunities limited at the Allianz Arena.

He departs with two Bundesliga crowns and a Champions League title on his CV, but without ever nailing down a regular starting slot as a result of Pep Guardiola's preference to field Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery in the two wide roles.

Inter boss Roberto Mancini could hand him his first taste of Serie A action in the clash with Genoa at San Siro on Sunday.

Xherdan Shaqiri reveals call from Inter boss Roberto Mancini persuaded Swiss star to snub Everton, Liverpool and Stoke

  • Xherdan Shaqiri took part in his first training session at Inter on Friday
  • Swiss star joined from Bayern Munich on a four-and-a-half-year contract
  • The 23-year-old was put through his paces in series of fitness drills 
Xherdan Shaqiri revealed why he had snubbed a move to the Premier League after taking part in his first training session at Inter Milan on Friday.

The Swiss star joined the Italian side from Bayern Munich on a four-and-a-half-year contract despite interest from Everton, Liverpool and Stoke.
Swiss star Xherdan Shaqiri arrives at Inter Milan's training complex on Friday
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The 23-year-old enjoyed a low-key start to his Serie A career as he was put through a series of fitness drills as manager Roberto Mancini prepared his players for Sunday's match against Genoa.

The winger revealed a call from from Mancini persuaded him to join the challenge of helping Inter - currently 11th in the league - earn a place in next season's Champions League.
Swiss winger Shaqiri was put through his paces in a series of fitness drills on Friday
Shaqiri hopes to impress after joining from Bayern Munich on a four-and-a-half-year contract
'I'm very happy to be here at Inter,' Shaqiri told Sky Sport Italia. 'Our target is the Champions League, for sure. I don't want to talk of Bayern Munich, I'm just glad to be here and I want to meet my objectives with Inter.

'[Coach Roberto] Mancini called me, he wanted me very strongly. I'm happy to be working with him.
Shaqiri trained alone as manager Roberto Mancini prepared his players for Sunday's match against Genoa
'As for Bayern, I said goodbye to my former teammates and with the club everything is clear.

'I exchanged a few words with Podolski, certainly. I like the city here, I like it all. Forza Inter!'


Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Dante wants Bayern teammate Thomas Muller to stop 7-1 jokes

The Bayern Munich duo remain friends despite Muller's teasing about the World Cup.
Dante joked that he's fed up with ongoing teasing in the Bayern Munich dressing room about Brazil's 7-1 World Cup semifinal defeat against Germany, and told teammate Thomas Muller to keep quiet or watch him "explode."

Dante, 31, started in the defeat against Joachim Low's eventual World Cup winners, which saw Brazil exit on home soil in humiliating fashion.

The semifinal remained the centre-back's sole appearance in the 2014 tournament, and also his last ever match for the Selecao.

Speaking on Globo TV, the defender joked that he is now sick of being mocked by his German teammates, and especially by Muller. The Germany international, who is known for his light-hearted humour, has been told in no uncertain terms that Dante is close to breaking point.

"The Germans [at Bayern] made a lot of jokes until the moment when I told them that now is not the time to make jokes about it," Dante said on the Brazilian TV show. "I told them that it was much more serious for us than they could imagine. We can joke about anything but not about this.

"I told [Muller]: 'Stop those jokes, I can't laugh about them.' And when I can't laugh about it, I get really angry and explode."

However, Dante made sure that his comments remained tongue-in-cheek, and called Muller, his teammate since the summer of 2012, a friend.


Wilfried Bony: Man City in advanced talks with Swansea

Wilfried Bony did not score in the win over Aston Villa but is still Swansea's leading scorer this season with eight goals
Wilfried Bony
Manchester City are in advanced talks with Swansea City over signing Wilfried Bony, BBC Wales Sport has learned.
It is thought it would take more than £30m to prise the Ivory Coast striker, 26, from the Liberty Stadium.
Swansea manager Garry Monk has said it will take an "astronomical" fee to secure Bony in the January transfer window.
He was the Premier League's top scorer in the calendar year of 2014 with 20 goals.
Bony joined Swansea for a club-record £12m from Vitesse Arnhem in 2013.
He is on Africa Cup of Nations duty with the Ivory Coast for at least the next three weeks, and any deal would likely be concluded after his return.
Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham were all reported to be interested, but the Premier League champions have made the first move to bolster their attacking options.
They were without injured strikers Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko for the festive period and manager Manuel Pellegrini is keen to add further depth to his squad.
The fee being discussed would break the Welsh club record sale of £15m that Liverpool paid Swansea for midfielder Joe Allen in August 2012.
Just last week Pellegrini had indicated the Premier League champions were not looking to do serious business in the January transfer window. He told reporters: "We have important restrictions about amount of money and restrictions on players we can put in our Champions League squad."
The club were hit with Uefa sanctions last year for breaching financial fair play rules which included a spending cap of £49m, plus any money raised from transfer fees.
They spent around £48m in the summer on Eliaquim Mangala, midfielder Fernando, and goalkeeper Willy Caballero, although sold Jack Rodwell to Sunderland for a reported £10m and midfielder Javi Garcia joined Zenit St Petersburg for £13m.