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Shaqiri arrival surprising to Stoke midfielder Adam

Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam admits Xherdan Shaqiri's move to the Staffordshire club was a surprise.

Swiss international Shaqiri joined the Potters from Inter Milan for £12million in the summer window and his arrival at the Britannia Stadium was a shock to new teammate Adam who is a big fan of the 23-year-old's ability.

"Very surprising, coming from Inter Milan. He was at Bayern Munich after going there for big money from Basel," he told Sky Sports News HQ.

"Roberto Mancini went to Inter and never played him really and he's been frustrated there. I think we've been chasing him for a number of months. I think we tried to get him last January and it fell through and the manager has done a lot of homework and put a lot of hard work into getting him.

"He's shown in the first couple of games that he has got good qualities, adds something a bit different to our team."

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