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Xherdan Shaqiri expects to leave Stoke but wants Premier League stay

Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates scoring against Crystal Palace for Stoke
Image: Xherdan Shaqiri wants to play in the Premier League again next season

Xherdan Shaqiri says "it is no secret" that he will leave Stoke this summer and has set out his intention to sign for another Premier League club.

The 26-year-old winger has previously claimed to be happy at the Potters, but revealed he would discuss his future at the club during talks at the end of the season.

Those comments came before Stoke's relegation to the Sky Bet Championship was confirmed and Shaqiri has now made clear his wish to stay in England's top flight.

Shaqiri David Silva
Image: Shaqiri battles with Spain's David Silva during a World Cup warm-up match

He told Aargauer Zeitung: "It is no secret that I will leave the club.

"I think the [Premier] league is perfect for me.

"I would love to stay in England but I don't want to rule anything out. It's the best league with the best players."

Shaqiri, who is currently on international duty with Switzerland ahead of the World Cup, scored seven goals and contributed six assists this season.

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The ex-Bayern Munich and Inter Milan forward joined Stoke in 2015 and his contract runs until 2020.

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