Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Granit Xhaka has made it very clear that he wants to stay at the Emirates, making it a huge blow for Jose Mourinho and AS Roma.
The Swiss international has always been a key player for Arteta. He had his best-ever campaign in an Arsenal shirt last season, and he was absolutely incredible for Switzerland at the Euros as well.
Mourinho’s Roma have been heavily linked with a move for Xhaka and rumours made us believe that it was only a matter of time before the midfielder ended his stay at Arsenal to move to the Italian capital.
However, Arteta has ruled that out now. He has called Xhaka a key player for us ahead of the new season and made it absolutely clear that the Swiss international will be going nowhere this summer.
Arteta: Granit Xhaka will not join Jose Mourinho at Roma
He said, as per Arsenal.com: “Granit is going to stay with us. He’s a player that we rate and value so much, he’s a key member of our squad.
“He’s trained two days. He wanted to play today and I think it’s a very clear commitment from his side that he wants to be here.”
New contract for Xhaka?
Xhaka has entered the final two years of his contract and that was one of the reasons why Roma were keen to lure him away. Arsenal seemed willing to sell him as well, but the Italians weren’t ready to meet our demands, and Edu refused to budge.
Arteta’s comments make it absolutely clear that Xhaka will be going nowhere this summer. It would be wise of Arsenal to tie him down to a new deal, just to protect his value, and reports have claimed that Edu is working on that now.
The Athletic broke the news last week about a new contract for Xhaka. Fabrizio Romano backed that claim and revealed that the Gunners are confident of convincing him, and it looks like it’s only a matter of time before it will be wrapped up.