Roberto Mancini Sent Injured Xherdan Shaqiri to Be 'Manipulated by an Old Man'

Tom WebbUK Staff WriterJanuary 11, 2016

REGGIO NELL'EMILIA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 01: Roberto Mancini head coach of FC Internazionale speack with Xherdan Shaqiri during the Serie A match between US Sassuolo Calcio and FC Internazionale Milano at Mapei Stadium - Città del Tricolore on February 1, 2015 in Reggio nell'Emilia, Italy.  (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
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Xherdan Shaqiri has revealed Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini had some rather unusual methods for treating injured players.

Stoke City winger Shaqiri is enjoying a renaissance at the Britannia Stadium after a disappointing stint at Inter, typified by the unusual healing treatment he received.

"I drove for half an hour in a car to have been manipulated by an old man, but he did not help me at all," Shaqiri told Swiss newspaper Blick (via the Sun).

The Switzerland international is enjoying himself considerably more in England, where he opened his Premier League account with two goals in Stoke's 4-3 win over Everton on December 28.

"Stoke City was the best choice. Here there are seven physiotherapists, who will examine me everyday: hips, feet, legs. Everything in a professional manner."

That's more like it.

[h/t the Sun]