Granit Xhaka has played down suggestions he’s on the verge of an Arsenal exit by pointing out he only renewed terms at the Emirates last summer.
There have been ‘whispers’ that the Swiss international is wanted by new Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte but the veracity of that seems somewhat dubious.
Anyway, after his country lost their UEFA Nations League third-place play-off on penalties to England in Portugal on Sunday, the midfielder was quizzed about his future.
Asked if he’d be on the move, he told Blick: “Not that I know. I have another four years contract, I only signed last year. I’m happy there, my family too. That’s the most important.”
To emphasise the weirdness of his circumstances, the follow up question was whether he’d be happy becoming the Gunners captain.
“It would certainly be the dot on the i,” he noted.
With Petr Cech and Aaron Ramsey leaving, Mesut Ozil not exactly Unai Emery’s favourite player and Laurent Koscielny with only one year left on his contract, it doesn’t seem out of the question.
It would follow on from Xhaka’s formal appointment as captain of Switzerland, a mantle he inherited from Stephan Lichsteiner a couple of weeks ago.
After a very long season, Xhaka will now start his holiday in Kosovo. He’ll likely re-join the first team squad for pre-season in five weeks time.