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Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has revealed that Basel were forced to sign him as a young boy and he would return there around his 30th birthday, according to the Daily Cannon.
Xhaka has taken his time to become a household name at the Emirates, with the arrival of Lucas Torriera bringing out the talent Arsene Wenger saw in him when he splashed out £35 million to sign him three summers ago.
He had been a scapegoat for most of his time at the club, but to the surprise of many, he was handed a new long-term contract by Unai Emery on the Spaniard’s arrival at the Emirates, and has since become a different player.
Speaking to the media in his homeland during the international break, he revealed he would love to return to his boyhood club Basel one day.
“Whenever I have two days off, I go to Basel,” Granit said. “I meet my family and when Basel plays I go to the stadium to support Taulant. I’ll be back one day, of course, I do not think this at 28, but I think when I’m 30, like Alex Frei. To win a title. A great dream when you come back and, of course, the expectations are higher.
He also claimed that his older brother is actually the better footballer “Taulant is more talented than me. My main feature is that I’m a big worker. If something is to be done, I do not leave it for tomorrow, but I do it today and tomorrow.
“I give thanks to Basel, thanks to my brother and dad. They wanted to take only Taluant, but my father said, ‘It’s two, both of you.’
“They were forced to take him and me. Since I was always the least talented, I never thought I would become a professional.
“[It’s] a dream come true. [A] Good thing we did both.”
The Swiss international’s current contract with Arsenal runs out in 2023 when he would be 31, should he stay till the end of his contract, Arsenal might just be his last club before returning home to Basel.