Shaqiri: I want to become a key figure at Bayern Munich

The midfielder has been largely restricted to cameo appearances since joining the club from Basel, but is hungry to make an impression in the second half of the season
Xherdan Shaqiri has revealed his determination to become a key player for Bayern Munich, after a frustrating start to his Allianz Arena career.

The Switzerland international joined Bayern from Basel in the summer transfer window, but faces stiff competition from the likes of Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller and Franck Ribery for a place in the starting XI.

"I want to become a key figure at the club and win lots of trophies. I'll work hard for that, and I think I'm on the right track," Shaqiri was quoted as saying on the club's official website.

"My goal for the rest of the season is even more playing time, although I know we have a very strong squad. Superb players sometimes drop to the bench.

"And when I do play, for five, 20 or 90 minutes, I give it everything. The coach needs to know he can count on me, because that's the only way to go."

The 21-year-old has made 12 Bundesliga appearances so far this season, scoring once in the process.