Borussia Monchengladbach captain Granit Xhaka has fuelled speculation about his move to the Premier League. Speaking to Gladbach fanzine torfabrik.de, Xhaka said that playing in the Premier League was his “childhood dream”.
Current Premier League leaders Arsenal and their London rivals Chelsea have shown reportedly shown interest in signing the 23-year-old midfielder and his recent comments come as a boost for them.
German newspaper Bild has reported that Xhaka, 23, is also interesting Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. But the Switzerland international dismissed those reports saying that it was “only a speculation.”
At the weekend, club sporting director Max Eberl said hc could not rule out an exit at the end of the season if a sufficient offer was made. Xhaka still has and a half years left on his contract which runs until 2019, but a €30 million release clause can reportedly be activated in summer 2017.
Xhaka has admitted that he would be open to a move to a “top,top,top club” and told that: “I have a childhood dream, and that is the Premier League. No matter if I play a second or 100 matches in England, I would one day love to fulfil that childhood dream.
Xhaka says that there haven’t been real offers for him yet and only the reports are only speculation at this stage.
“I read about those things [speculated moves], sure, and overhear a lot of things, but it’s only speculation. I am not interested in it.
“If there was something or the club had something [an offer], then we’d sit down. But currently, there is nothing.
“I am under contract until 2019, feel great here, and I am happy. That’s the state of things.”
When Xhaka was asked “What if Arsene Wenger calls and wants to take you, but the number is already taken?
Xhaka, who wears No. 34 at Gladbach, said- “It was also like that at Gladbach with Amir Younes. And at Arsenal Coquelin has it”.
Xhaka also went on to joke that he had already called Coquelin and that the latter has agreed to change it for him.
“Yes, I’ve spoken with him, he would like to take another number”.