Divisive Arsenal star has no intention of leaving Emirates

Date published: Monday 10th June 2019 4:41

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Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka says he has no intention of being sold off this summer as Unai Emery looks for transfer funds.

Xhaka has been at Arsenal since 2016, making more than 100 appearances in that time. However, in April the Corriere Dello Sport reported that Inter Milan had been keeping an eye on Xhaka.

The Nerazzuri, under new coach Antonio Conte, are prepared to spend big to help them catch up with Juventus in Serie A, and the midfield is one of the key areas they may want to replenish.

Xhaka, 26, though says he has not thoughts of leaving and even has his eye on the Gunners’ captaincy.

Asked by Blick if intends to move this summer, he said: “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 thing.”

Asked whether he would like to become skipper, Xhaka added: “It would certainly be the dot on the i.”

The Swiss international has his fair share of critics at Arsenal with his temperament being questioned on more than one occasion.

He joined the Gunners in a £35m switch from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer of 2016 but has proved a divisive figure among supporters.

Xhaka signed a new long-term contract last summer, but in March he admitted he may look to leave this summer.

“I’m very ambitious, I want to take the next step, Arsenal does not have to be the last stop,” Xhaka told Tagblatt when asked if he sees himself moving on any time soon.

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