When the first rumors about Granit Xhaka leaving Arsenal for Bayer Leverkusen surfaced, it was said that the midfielder’s decision was motivated by his wife’s wish to relocate back to Germany. The reasoning behind the change made sense given that Xhaka had moved from Germany to Arsenal and had found his spouse there.
Even though Xhaka was still a member of the Arsenal team, he denied these rumors without offering an explanation for his departure. Although some Arsenal supporters wanted him to stay for another season, the midfielder eventually completed the deal, moving to the German Bundesliga as Arsenal tried to go on without him.
Xhaka, regarded as one of Arsenal’s best players, has now offered additional details regarding the causes of his leaving.
As reported by 90Min, he stated: “There were rumors all over that my wife was unhappy in England. That is just untrue.
As a person, I am constantly interested in taking on new challenges. The moment has arrived for something entirely new after seven years.
“The club is new, but the league is not. I thought that the long-term project at Leverkusen was worthwhile and that it was completely in line with me during the conversations with Xabi Alonso and Simon Rolfes, the sports director.
The club was ready for Xhaka’s exit since he had a long-term contract at Leverkusen, he was never able to secure one at the Emirates, and we had long-planned a move for Declan Rice.
He performed admirably on our books, but Declan Rice will require just as much, if not more, assistance if he completes his transfer to the Emirates.