Granit Xhaka declares interest in following Guardiola from Germany to Manchester City

Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka has opened the door to a move to Manchester City.

Borussia Monchengladbach midgielder Granit Xhaka has told German football magazine SportBILD, as quoted by The Mirror, that he would be open to joining Manchester City this summer.

Xhaka, 23, was long tipped as a star of the future during his time in his native Switzerland with Basel, and has built on that reputation in Germany with Borussia Monchengladbach.

The central midfielder has eight goals and four assists for Gladbach since his 2012 move, and he is currently enjoying his best goalscoring season to date, with three to his name.

Xhaka is known as a midfielder with a superb passing range, whilst he can also shoot from distance and protect the back four in a deeper role, making him a truly all-round midfielder.

Speculation suggest that Xhaka could make a move to the Premier League, with the Daily Star reporting that Arsenal and Liverpool were lining up whopping £37m moves for Xhaka at the end of the season, with both clubs looking to improve their midfield options.

Now though, Xhaka has told German football magazine SportBILD - as quoted by the Daily Mirror - that he would be interested in a move to follow Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola to Manchester City this summer, stating that it would be 'hard' to turn down such a move.

"Logically, it is hard to say no when Manchester City wants you and you can play there," said Xhaka. "I will openly admit that, and that surely does not only apply to me," he added.

Guardiola's arrival may mean that he looks to the Bundesliga for new signings, and with Yaya Toure potentially on his way out of the Etihad Stadium, a move for a new central midfielder is bound to be on Guardiola's agenda - and Xhaka could be the man for City, given that Guardiola has watched him in action for Gladbach over the last two-and-a-half years.

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