Swiss international midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri has left reigning German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and has joined Inter Milan of the Italian Serie A. The club announced that Shaqiri has agreed to terms on a 4.5-year contract with the team. This could conceivably see him stay at the San Siro until June of 2019. Inter released a brief announcement on their official website which read, “FC Internazionale is delighted to announce that Xherdan Shaqiri in now an Inter player. The Switzerland international has put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half-year contract until 30 June 2019.”
The club added, “On behalf of everyone at inter Milan we would like to wish Shaqiri a very warm welcome. We would also like to thank FC Bayern Munich and the FIGC [Italian Football Federation] for their help in completing the deal positively and quickly.” Inter has added a lot of depth in the past week as German international forward Lukas Podolski was also signed on loan from arsenal of the English Premier League and Croatian international midfielder Mateo Kovacic agreed to a contract extension with the team.
Inter was sitting in 11th place in the league table when Shaqiri was signed and manager Roberto Mancini is hoping the addition of he and Podolski will help the squad climb the ladder. Shaqiri won the DFB-Pokal and Bundesliga championship twice during his stint with Bayern Munich as well as the European Champions League in the 2012/13 season. However, Shaqiri started in just five games for the German side this season and manager Pep Guardiola felt that he was expendable.
The 23-year-old Shaqiri was born in Yugoslavia, but is one of Switzerland’s most important players and he helped his country reach the knockout stage of the 2014 World Cup by scoring a hat-trick in a group encounter against Honduras. He joined Bayern Munich in 2012 after starting his pro career in Switzerland with FC Basel. Shaqiri has 15 goals in 41 matches with Switzerland and has 40 in 210 career club games including 17 in 80 appearances with Bayern Munich.