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Shaqiri keen to make the grade at Bayern

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He’s only 1.69 metres (5 ft 6 1/2 in) tall, and weighs 72 kilograms (158 lbs), but his tree-trunk thighs resemble those of strike legend Gerd Müller: Xherdan Shaqiri, Bayern’s Swiss newcomer, has completed his first two days at Germany’s leading cub. After Tuesday’s first workout of pre-season, the 20-year-old put in two shifts on Wednesday, including the performance benchmarking tests at Munich University.

“I really enjoyed making my start here,” the Swiss international said between sessions, “I’ve been quickly and warmly accepted by my new team-mates.” Shaqiri, who left top Swiss outfit FC Basel last month for a four-year stint in Munich, said he feels “very comfortable” at his new club.

“I’ve played through the last three seasons at FC Basel without a break. It’s the perfect time to try my hand abroad,” said Der Kraftwürfel, or “power cube” as Shaqiri is nicknamed for his physical appearance and dynamic playing style. “Bayern is the perfect club for me,” he continued.