Xherdan Shaqiri’s future in doubt as Stoke manager Gary Rowett says he won’t be sold on the cheap


Gary Rowett has opened the door to Xherdan Shaqiri leaving Stoke but says the midfielder will not be sold cheaply

Stoke City manager Gary Rowett has opened the door to Xherdan Shaqiri leaving the club this summer.

Shaqiri reportedly has a £12m relegation release clause in his contract and has said he wants to play in the Premier League.

Rowett says Shaqiri would only be sold for the right price but admitted he only wants players who are focused on Stoke.

“No player will leave the club that is contractually with the club unless the club feel it is a good deal and the right deal for them,” said Rowett, who was speaking at his first press conference since taking over at Stoke this summer.

“That is the most important thing but on the flip side to that, if player’s say they want to leave, then I want to work with players that want to be at the club. I want to put players on the pitch next season that want to be in a different league and understand the challenges of that league.

“I want players who are committed to Stoke City and if players want to leave I will try and find the best solution to make that happen if that is the case.”