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Granit Xhaka close to sign Arsenal contract

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is allegedly close to committing his future to the club until 2025. The Switzerland international’s Arsenal career was in tatters after his foul-mouthed outburst towards supporters against Crystal Palace in 2019. But he won manager Mikel Arteta’s trust and was a key player for the Gunners last season.

On the other hand, Xhaka has been heavily linked with a summer departure to AS Roma and was expected to join the club under the new coach Jose Mourinho. He was supposed to take this football transfer only for the Italian club’s offer to fall short of Arsenal’s £17m valuations.

According to football.london, Xhaka, whose current Arsenal contract expires in 2023, will instead sign a two-year extension. The new contract with Gunners will keep him on the books until the end of the 2024-25 season.

The midfielder also took to Instagram after the match to further suggest his long-term future could lie in north London. “It felt really good to be home,” Xhaka wrote on his Instagram, which was posted on Arsenal’s Twitter. Recently, Mikel Arteta confirmed, “Granit [Xhaka] is going to stay with us. He is a key member of our squad.”

Before scoring in Arsenal’s 2-1 friendly defeat to Chelsea on Sunday Xhaka recently returned to training, with Arteta’s comments coming after the match. Arsenal is also reported to be interested in James Maddison from Leicester City. 

They are looking to bring in an attacking midfielder this summer. Arsenal is still monitoring Martin Odegaard’s situation at Real Madrid.

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