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Hughes is confident Xherdan Shaqiri will not be looking to leave the club any time soon and has stressed any January attempts to lure the player, will end in failure.

The in-form Shaqiri, whose current Stoke deal runs to summer 2020, has scored three goals and provided five assists in the Premier League so far this season.

Asked ahead of Wednesday’s home clash with Liverpool if it would be difficult to keep the 26-year-old Switzerland forward in the January transfer window, Hughes said: “No, I don’t think so.

“I don’t think there’s any enthusiasm for any situation to develop in terms of his future. He’s contracted here, he’s doing very well, and if anyone shows an interest in him or any other players, they will be quickly rebuked.

“If there are any enquiries, certainly for Shaq, in January, they won’t be given much encouragement.”



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