‘I want to take the next step’: Granit Xhaka hints at desire to push on his career and leave Arsenal
- Granit Xhaka has suggested that he could leave Arsenal to ‘take the next step’
- The Switzerland international signed a five-year contract extension a year ago
- His comments are likely to put Arsenal on alert ahead of the summer window
Granit Xhaka has cast doubt on his long-term future with Arsenal after suggesting he wants to ‘take the next step’ in his career.
The Switzerland international, currently away on international duty, has established himself with the Gunners and has worn the captain’s armband on a number of occasions.
But speaking to Tagblatt, the defensive midfielder has revealed a burning desire to push on his career and appears to suggest that step will not be taken at Arsenal.
Granit Xhaka has cast doubt on his Arsenal future by suggesting he is eyeing ‘the next step’
‘I’m very ambitious, I want to take the next step,’ he said. ‘Arsenal does not have to be the last stop.’
It was only last year that Xhaka signed a new five-year contract extension to commit himself to the Gunners.
The 26-year-old moved to the north London club from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016 for £35million.
The Swiss midfielder only signed a five-year contract extension with the Gunners last year
Arsenal are already preparing for the loss of fellow central midfielder Aaron Ramsey this summer when he leaves on a free transfer to join Juventus.
Manager Unai Emery will have question marks over Xhaka’s position following his latest comments and will no doubt be keen to address it when his players return from international duty.
Xhaka and his Switzerland team-mates face Georgia in their opening Euro 2020 qualifying game on Saturday before they host Denmark on Tuesday night.
Arsenal are pushing Manchester United and Chelsea for a place in the top four of the Premier League and see in the return of domestic action at home to Newcastle United on April 1.
He has established himself in Arsenal’s side and will play a key role in the fight for the top four