Xhaka sees Citizens as next step

Borussia MG captain Granit Xhaka has opened the door for a future move to Manchester City after admitting he sees them as the next step in his career.

The 23-year-old midfielder has expressed a desire to ply his trade in England’s Premier League and was heavily linked with Arsenal and Liverpool during the past two transfer windows.

However, should Xhaka decide to end his association with Gladbach, he would prefer the Etihad Stadium as his next destination, having ruled out any chance of joining the influx of footballers moving to China.

“I can only speak for myself, but at my age I would never go to China, for no money in the world,” the Switzerland international told SportBild.

“The sporting perspective and everything else would need to be right. Honestly, you want experience such a positive vibe, such a togetherness in football often. That counts too.

“And should I one day want to make the next step, it also has to be an improvement. But true, it’s difficult to say no when Manchester City want you and you could play there. That much I have to admit. But I’m certainly not the only one.”