Granit Xhaka opens door to possible Manchester City move

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Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka has opened the door to a possible move to Manchester City by claiming it would be “hard to say no” to an offer from the Citizens.

The Swiss international have spoken regularly about his desire to play in the Premier League with both Arsenal and Liverpool being linked with the 23-year-old.

But Xhaka has admitted that he would find it very difficult to reject a move to City, if incoming manager Pep Guardiola was to make a bid for him.


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"Logically, it is hard to say no when Manchester City wants you and you can play there," Xhaka told Bild.

"I will openly admit that, and that surely does not only apply to me."

Xhaka signed for Gladbach in the summer of 2012 and his current contract expires in 2019. His deal contains a £22 million release clause, although this isn’t activated until the summer of 2017.

A young Schweinsteiger

Ottar Hitzfeld, manager of the Swiss national side, has often compared the young midfielder to Manchester United star Bastian Schweinsteiger and claims that he’s “extremely mature, highly intelligent, reads the game well and has good technical skills.”

The former Basel player already has 34 caps for his country and admitted that despite the speculation surrounding him, he could still stay at Gladbach at the end of the season.

"Of course (he could stay) because I have a contract until 2019,” he said.

"If Gladbach will not let me go, I have no chance to change. What happens when the season is over, you will see."

No to China

One thing Xhaka is certain of is that he won’t be heading to China despite the current influx of money in their Super League.

"I can only speak for me, but at my age, I would never go to China, not even for all the money in the world."

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