Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Granit Xhaka: “Everybody has a dream”

Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka has said it would be a ‘dream’ to play in the Premier League, it is understood that Jurgen Klopp has recently met with the 23-years old’s agent, with Liverpool keen to secure his services.

The Swiss international, of Albanian descent, joined Gladbach from hometown club Basel in 2012 and is under contract with the Bundesliga club until 2019.

He has made 18 Bundesliga appearances this season (all starts), scoring three goals, passing at an 83% success rate, creating 34 chances and has won 54% of his challenges. The not so good this season — no assists, and three red cards (two from a 2nd yellow, one a straight red).

Xhaka, who was once dubbed the ‘young Bastian Schweinsteiger’ by former Bayern Munich head coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, admitted he could potentially move to the Premier League in the future.

“I think everybody has a dream,” Xhaka said. “Everybody has a childhood dream and that’s my childhood dream. If my dream comes true, it remains to be seen. At the moment I cannot say how realistic it is.”

Xhaka’s comments suggest that contact has been made with the midfielder ahead of the summer, though it is unclear from which club.

Having already signed Matip, Klopp may raid the Bundesliga once more. Xhaka would add that creative spark which is missing in the midfield and would take the pressure off Coutinho.  The Reds may face competition from Arsenal, with Arsene Wenger keen as well as Manchester City’s incoming coach Pep Guardiola, who is reportedly interested in the 23 year-old.

In January, Xhaka said “it’s difficult to say no when Manchester City want you and you could play there.”

“That much I have to admit,” he added, “but I’m certainly not the only one.”

It seems City have the edge over the Reds, although Klopp could persuade him to Anfield in the summer.

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Sam May

Sam May is a Sports Journalism student currently studying at the University of Chester. He’s part of the media team at Tranmere Rovers Football Club and complete’s their official home match reports. Aspiring to be a senior Sports Journalist or TV Commentator, he has completed a work placement with The Daily Mail. Other work lined up includes: The Independent, Press Association, Liverpool Echo, Shoot Magazine and Plymouth Argyle Football Club. Follow Sam: @Sam95May