'SHAQIRI A SURPRISE'
Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam says he was shocked when Xherdan Shaqiri joined the Potters in the summer and also revealed he has been impressed with the Swiss international's all-round display so far.
The 23-year-old attacker completed a £12m move from Serie A side Inter Milan to the Britannia Stadium after a consistent pursuit by boss Mark Hughes.
“Very surprising, coming from Inter Milan. He was at Bayern Munich after going there for big money from Basel," the former Liverpool and Blackpool man 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.”