Granit Xhaka has confirmed the length of his Arsenal contract and discussed a possible plan for his next transfer after it ends.

Granit Xhaka celebrates with Emile Smith Rowe after he scores to make it 1-1 during the Pre Season Friendly match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Picture credit should read: Paul Terry / Sportimage
Granit Xhaka celebrates with Emile Smith Rowe after he scores to make it 1-1 during the Pre-Season Friendly match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Picture: Paul Terry / Sportimage

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka signed a new contract with the club over the summer, confirming the deal himself in August.

There were rumours he’d signed a one-year extension to his existing deal, but with no official confirmation from Arsenal.

Speaking to the media in Germany, Xhaka confirmed the length of his new deal, before talking about a possible return to Borussia Monchengladbach afterwards.

“I never made the move from Borussia to Arsenal for the money,” Xhaka said on the Mit Geredet podcast. “It was a dream for me to play in England.

“I have just extended my contract, which still has two and a half years to run.

“Then I’ll be 32, and if Max Eberl (Monchengladbach’s director of sport) is ready to bring me back when I’m 32, my door will be open too.”

‘Two and a half years’ means Xhaka’s deal runs to 2024, putting him in the same category as Bukayo Saka, Nicolas Pepe, Rob Holding, and a few others.

That length should ensure Arsenal get a fair deal if anyone wants to buy Xhaka this summer. If not, he’ll probably end up seeing out his contract, given he’ll be into his thirties.

From the sounds of things, Xhaka is planning for the latter. It would certainly aid his ability to rejoin Gladbach if he’s a free agent.

Granit Xhaka in light training with Arsenal (Photo via Xhaka on Instagram)
Granit Xhaka in light training with Arsenal (Photo via Xhaka on Instagram)

For the time being, Xhaka is still working on his recovery from injury.

Posting on his Instagram page in early November, Xhaka confirmed that he’s back out on the grass again with Arsenal. The midfielder uploaded a couple of pictures showing him taking part in light training.

Arsenal continue to insist Xhaka won’t return to full training until January.

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