GRANIT XHAKA almost joined Stoke City on loan before eventually landing a lucrative gig at Arsenal.
Max Eberl, sporting director of Xhaka’s former club Borussia Monchengladbach, claims the Swiss midfielder is close to being loaned out to the Potters after a disastrous start to the season at the German club.
The 29-year-old has struggled to adapt to the pace and power of the Bundesliga during his first 18 months at Gladbach.
And he is poised to call it out of the 2014 winter window after agreeing to join Stoke on loan.
However, Eberl claims he spoke to Xhaka unaffiliated with Mark Hughes, warning the midfielder that he would never secure a move to a big club if he went to bet365 stadium.
Xhaka decided to stay in Germany and enjoy the much more productive two and a half years.
He eventually secured a £35m move to Arsenal in the summer of 2016.
And Eberl believes that turning down Stoke City was the best career move Xhaka has ever made.
Eberl told the Rheinische Post: “Granit’s career during the first 18 months at Gladbach didn’t work out. [as smoothly] like sliced bread.
“He was almost ready to go on loan to Stoke and I said to him, ‘If you go to Stoke now you will never end up at a big club – but you can’.”
Xhaka is starting his fifth season at Arsenal.
He has won the FA Cup and Community Shield twice.
He also reached the final losing in the League Cup and Europa League
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/premier-league/500296/arsenal-granit-xhaka-stoke-loan-gladbach/ Arsenal star Granit Xhaka has almost been loaned to Stoke after a nightmare start in Gladbach – America’s The Sun