Bayer Leverkusen’s Simon Rolfes stays tight-lipped on Granit Xhaka from Arsenal rumours
Bayer Leverkusen’s managing director Simon Rolfes has declined to comment on speculation linking Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka with a move to the Bundesliga club.
Reports in Germany via Bild suggest that Xhaka’s wife would like to return to Germany, where he last played for Borussia Monchengladbach. The 30-year-old midfielder has been at Arsenal for five years and has 14 months remaining on his contract.
Rolfes told Bild, when asked about their Xhaka interest: “We are looking at the market to see what possibilities there are to improve our team. I don’t want to comment on individual players. There will be an upheaval in our team.
“We’re trying to bring in new ideas. We want to improve the team. Our ambitions won’t be lower next season. We will do good things in the summer and have a good team!”
The claims surrounding Xhaka have centred on his wife’s desire to move back to Germany, and reports by Kicker suggest Arsenal’s sporting director, Edu, has lowered his asking price for the midfielder. It is believed that Xhaka would cost €15million.
Despite the rumours, Rolfes has refused to be drawn in, instead focusing on the club’s plans for the upcoming transfer window.
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