Stoke's Xherdan Shaqiri is already well-versed in the art of cliche 6 years ago

Stoke's Xherdan Shaqiri is already well-versed in the art of cliche

We're starting to think all new arrivals in the Premier League have to undergo press tests before doing any interviews.

At a guess, it probably includes a requirement to memorise the following phrases: 'over the moon', 'the most important thing was that we got the three points', 'credit to the lads', and - most importantly - 'best league in the world'.

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Stoke's big-money recruit Xherdan Shaqiri has passed the test, as this interview with FIFA.com shows, and when you're a Champions League winner who has traded the San Siro for the Britannia you might need to convince yourself more than anything else.

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"Although I’ve only played a few matches in the Premier League so far, I feel I’ve arrived in the best league in the world," Shaqiri said.

"Stoke are offering me the opportunity to continue developing both as a player and as a person. Above all I want to play, perfect my game and move forward with the team."

He's learning fast. To be fair, it's the kind of attitude that Stoke fans will love to see.