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  • David Tyrer

Shaqiri on Liverpool future: 'I have a contract and I will definitely stay'

So there you have it! From the player's own mouth, Xherdan Shaqiri has confirmed that, as far as he's concerned, he's going nowhere before the new season.

Shaqiri was an unused substitute in the Champions League final and has been rarely used since the turn of the year, but his contributions prior to January were impressive.

The Swiss legend has been clear and obvious in expressing his delight and picking up his second winner's medal in the Champions League and it appears that he's keen to stay on into next season.

Speaking to Goal and Spox, Shaqiri said: "I'm at Liverpool FC, the best club in Europe.

"The manager has many good options and has to decide who can play. I knew before my transfer that the competition here is very tough.

"I have a long-term contract and I definitely will stay."

Speculation over the winger's future has been rife for months, with many Liverpool fans concerned that he's unhappy and will want to leave for first-team football.

But having played 30 games this season (a fair few as a sub), scoring and assisting 11 goals, it's hard to argue that the 27 year old hasn't had a good impact in his first season and he believes that he's played enough of a part to deserve the success on Saturday night.

He continued: "It's a special moment for me standing here with the gold medal again.

"I'm just proud and happy. I think I contributed my part to the title."

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