According to reports in the Daily Star and Mirror recently, Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach are interested in a possible move for Gedion Zelalem this summer.

The 20-year-old midfielder, currently out on loan at Dutch side VVV-Venlo, will be hoping his performances on the continent provide coaching staff with the belief that his ability is sufficient to warrant a first-team chance.

Since his FA Cup appearance in 2014, the talented youngster has benefited from a loan spell at Scottish side Rangers. In addition, he was a mainstay in Steve Gatting’s u23 side this term before opting for a loan move in search of regular football at senior level.

Zelalem (C) in action against Coventry City
 Gedion Zelalem is faced by John Fleck of Coventry City during the FA Cup with Budweiser Fourth round match (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Serge Gnabry’s been a standout performer for Werder Bremen since his summer switch and it’ll give Gedion some food for thought over his long-term future.

Serge Gnabry
BREMEN, GERMANY – DECEMBER 17: With seven goals and two assists this season, Serge Gnabry has been influential for Werder but cut a frustrating figure at times with the team’s collective lack of form in the Bundesliga. (Photo by Oliver Hardt / Bongarts / Getty Images)

Tottenham’s Nabil Bentaleb has enjoyed his season on-loan in the Bundesliga with Schalke. The highly-rated midfielder is expected to join permanently and Zelalem has examples to assess where he realistically sees himself in coming years.

Ultimately, a move to Germany is feasible from his perspective. Born and raised in Berlin, he could return to his birthplace and wouldn’t have excess pressure on him to perform – but at Arsenal, there is increasingly high expectations with regards to youngsters coming through the ranks.

Zelalem needs a convincing loan spell before he can commit his future anywhere. With that in mind, reports suggested Arsenal gave him a contract extension before his loan was finalised – highlighting the hierarchy’s faith in his ability to gradually establish himself.

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