Shaqiri: Juventus not a step back from Bayern

The Switzerland international has acknowledged that it would be hard to turn down the Serie A champions if they made an offer
Bayern Munich attacker Xherdan Shaqiri has admitted that he would be open to a move to Juventus if the opportunity arises.

The Bundesliga champions recently stressed that they have no intention of selling the Switzerland international, yet Juventus continue to closely monitor Shaqiri's situation at the Allianz Arena as they look to continue their summer recruitment plans.

Shaqiri, who has also been linked with Roma and Liverpool, says he has yet to hear of any concrete interest from the Italian champions but insists it would not be a backward step to move to Turin from Pep Guardiola's side.

"Juventus would definitely be a nice option," Shaqiri was quoted as saying by Tuttosport.

"Juventus are a big club, who wouldn't want to play for them... I don't think Juventus would be a step back in my career.

"But I am on holiday at the moment. My brother is occupying himself with my future.

"I don't know whether Juventus have been in touch with Bayern. I have not heard anything about it from Juventus or Bayern."

Shaqiri joined Bayern from Basel in the summer of 2012, but has been struggling to secure regular first-team action at the Allianz Arena due to the stiff competition for places.

The 22-year-old has a contract with FCB until June 2016.