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Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka wants return to former club Borussia Monchengladbach


Granit Xhaka wants a return to Germany when his Arsenal career is over (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is making no secret of the fact that he wants to return to former club Borussia Monchengladbach, although not until 2024.

The Swiss star looked likely to leave the Gunners over the summer, but instead of completing an expected move to Roma he signed a new deal to stay in north London.

Xhaka began this season in Mikel Arteta’s plans, starting four games before suffering a serious knee injury that has kept him out since the win over Tottenham in September.

There is hope that the midfielder will be back in full training in January and back on the pitch soon after that, if he can regain a place in the team from either Thomas Partey or Sambi Lokonga.

Xhaka is hoping to be fit and playing again as soon as possible, but that has not stopped him looking to the future and he is already eyeing up his next move after Arsenal, which he hopes to be a move back to the Bundesliga.

‘I never made the move from Borussia to Arsenal for the money. It was a dream for me to play in England,’ Xhaka told the Mit Geredet podcast.

‘I have just extended my contract, which still has two and a half years to run. Then I’ll be 32, and if Max Eberl (Monchengladbach’s director of sport) is willing to bring me back when I’m 32, my door will be open.’

Xhaka had already won the Swiss Super League with Basel and been capped by Switzerland, but he really started to make his name when he moved to Gladbach in 2012, eventually earning his switch to Arsenal in 2016.

It has been an up-and-down time for him at the Emirates, during a turbulent spell for the club as a whole, but he recommitted the club with his new three-year contract in the summer.


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