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Reunion with Shaq in Shanghai

There was a heartfelt reunion on the touchlines in the build-up to kick-off in  FC Bayern’s friendly meeting with Inter Milan in Shanghai. Mario Götze, Rafinha, Sebastian Rode and Co were all delighted to meet and greet Xherdan Shaqiri, who left Munich for northern Italy in the January transfer period. However, Swiss international Shaqiri was unable to face his former team-mates on the field of play as he is currently sidelined with a calf problem.

Quote of the day

“Grade A, fluent. I could trot out any number of phrases now, but Xabi’s already waiting to talk to you.”
(Philipp Lahm in Shanghai, asked about his Chinese language skills)

“Arjen needs to watch his back. It’s going to be tough for him. If I shoot with my left foot, he’ll be stunned back there in Munich.”
(Philipp Lahm asked if he has the ability to play as a right winger)