“I said from the start that I wanted to come here.” Xherdan Shaqiri (29) opened his first speech as a new player at Lyon after announcing in French that he would be holding the press conference in English. Now, he adds, “but maybe not at some point.”
They are pursuing a great project in Lyon and they have a good coach at Peter Boss (57) who loves him very much. “I want to get better and win many titles. Lyon is a big club in France and also wants to be successful.” Juninho, Lyon sporting director (46) sees Shaqiri as the right player to win the title.
Requires a winner’s mentality
But in order for you to win titles, there are several components that are necessary. “You need the best players. With Emerson, whom I know well from the Premier League, they brought in another great player,” Shaqiri says.
In addition, the attitude must be correct: “I want to help the team on the field and bring a certain mentality to the winner.” But he believes they have all this at the club “to give the fans what they deserve”.
Closer to family
This change seemed to be on the horizon for a long time! “I was in contact with Leon a year ago.” Another reason he moved to France for last year’s Champions League semi-final: closeness to his family in Switzerland. “It was clear to me 100 percent that I wanted to come.”
Shaqiri over the past few weeks: “It was obvious to me – but the transfer was hard work”(01:06)
To stay on the topic of Switzerland: The star of our national team is being contacted about coaching the national team. He wishes Vladimir Petkovic (58) all the best in Bordeaux and thanks him for a great time. What do you think of the new national team coach? “I spoke to Murat Yakin on the phone on Tuesday. I also know him well in my private life and look forward to working with him.”
Finally, another question remains: will Shaqiri play against Nantes on Friday? “I can’t say at the moment if I will play. I still have to do some training. But I hope to be ready soon.” He also wants to leave his favorite position open: “I can play on the right or in the ten. I even played eighth in Liverpool. At the end of the day, the coach decides what to do.” (Che)
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