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Granit Xhaka reacts to Jose Mourinho interest

Granit Xhaka has told Blick in Switzerland that he feels proud hearing that Jose Mourinho is interested in signing him from Arsenal this summer.

Xhaka may well be on the move in this window. As reported by Gazzetta dello Sport, Roma have already seen a bid worth an initial £11.2 million rejected by the Gunners.

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It was claimed that the Giallorossi plan to do all they can to sign Xhaka for Mourinho.

Xhaka has previously insisted that he is very happy in North London.

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And the 28-year-old has, once again, reiterated that he is content to stay with the Gunners.

Interestingly however, Xhaka has now suggested that he is flattered to be linked with a move to the Italian capital and the chance to work with Mourinho.

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“Of course I read the rumours too,” he told Blick. “But now I’m one hundred percent focused on the national team. That’s more important than Arsenal or rumours right now.

“I still have a two-year contract in London. And at Arsenal they know what they got in me. When the time comes and we can, may or have to talk about a transfer, I’ll be here.”

“Honestly: I didn’t hear what Mourinho said. But that makes you proud. Everyone knows Mourinho, knows what he has achieved. Mourinho knows how to win titles. You can now see what work I have done over the past few years.”

Xhaka comments on Mourinho interest hint a willingness from all sides to agree deal

It certainly appears that there is a willingness from all sides for a deal to be agreed.

As mentioned, the recent reports hint that Roma are desperate to land the Swiss ahead of Mourinho’s first season in charge.

And Xhaka seems to have now left the door open. If Arsenal accept a bid, it seems highly unlikely – based on his comments – that he would reject the chance to move.

Gazzetta’s report noted that Arsenal would be looking for around £17.2 million for Xhaka.

So they are certainly not looking to price Xhaka out of a possible move.

And with the summer window only just getting going, it would perhaps be a surprise if a deal was not agreed at some stage.

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