Borussia Monchengladbach have paid tribute to departing midfielder Granit Xhaka, whose signing by Arsenal was officially announced earlier today.
The Swiss international joined the Bundesliga side from FC Basel in 2012, and played a total of 141 competitive appearances for the club.
His long-rumoured move to North London has now gone through, and speaking to their official site Borussia’s sporting director Max Eberl said, “We’re losing a very, very good player. We would like to thank Granit for his hard work and dedication at Gladbach over the last four years and wish him great success at his new club in London.”
Eberl also spoke about how the money would be susing, saying, “The agreed transfer fee provides us with the opportunity to make sensible additions to our squad.”
Although as usual Arsenal have said the fee is undisclosed, it’s believed to be in the region of £24m, rising to £30m with add-ons and bonuses.
Via his Facebook page, Xhaka said his goodbyes also.
“Now it’s official, from next season on I will play for Arsenal. I want to thank everyone at Borussia Mönchengladbach. Together we brought the club back to where it belongs, to the Champions League. I will always look back with pleasure to that time.
“But from now on I’m totally focused on playing at one of the biggest clubs in the world. It’s a big honour for me to wear the Arsenal jersey, as well as it has been an honour to play for Gladbach in the last four years.
“I hope we see each other again in the Champions League!”