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​Shaqiri has ambitions to lead Stoke into European competition

Xherdan Shaqiri admits his overall ambition is to help re-establish Stoke in Europe - the club's run to the last 32 of the 2011-12 Europa League was their first continental action since 1974.

The Swiss playmaker told www.fifa.com: "Although it's true that Stoke don't yet have the same kind of international reputation, the club is pursuing ambitious targets.

"They want to establish themselves in Europe and that's what tempted me here. Stoke are offering me the opportunity to continue developing both as a player and as a person.

"Above all I want to play, perfect my game and move forward with the team."

Shaqiri may boast titles to his name including the Champions League but he struggled to secure regular game time at Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.

"The key element in Germany is discipline," the 23 year old said. "The Germans are very focused on playing disciplined football.

"Football in Italy was very tactically (orientated), and now here in England I can sense a real emphasis on attacking play.

"The football here is tough and spectacular, and I'm enjoying it. Although I've only played a few matches in the Premier League so far, I feel I've arrived in the best league in the world."

Ian Ferris
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