Granit Xhaka completes move to Bayer Leverkusen

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Granit Xhaka has completed his move from Arsenal to Bayer Leverkusen, marking his return to the Bundesliga after seven years in the Premier League.

The 30-year-old midfielder joins Leverkusen on a five-year contract, with Arsenal set to receive a reported fee of €25 million (£21.5m, $27.3m), although there are conflicting reports suggesting a lower amount.

Xhaka’s departure from Arsenal brings an end to a significant chapter in his career, during which he made 297 appearances for the Gunners, scoring 23 goals and providing 29 assists. He played a crucial role in the club’s success, winning two FA Cups in 2017 and 2020, as well as two Community Shields in 2018 and 2021.

Expressing their gratitude, Arsenal’s sporting director, Edu Gaspar, praised Xhaka’s commitment and quality, acknowledging his significant contribution to the club’s progression and success over the years. 

Xhaka originally joined Arsenal in 2016 from Borussia Monchengladbach and quickly established himself as a key figure in the team. His departure will be felt by his teammates and colleagues, reflecting his popularity and the impact he had on the squad.

As Xhaka embarks on this new chapter in his career, Arsenal wishes him and his family all the best for the future. Meanwhile, the Gunners are actively working on bolstering their squad, with the signings of Declan Rice from West Ham United and Jurrien Timber from Ajax reportedly nearing completion.

Xhaka’s move to Bayer Leverkusen further enhances the club’s midfield options, and he will be eager to make a positive impact in the Bundesliga under the guidance of manager Xabi Alonso. The Swiss international’s experience and leadership qualities are expected to contribute to Leverkusen’s ambitions in the upcoming season. 

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