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Roma director says Granit Xhaka wanted to leave Arsenal

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03 Sep 2021
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Roma’s head Pinto says Xhaka wanted to leave Arsenal, but his exit at Emirates Stadium was blocked and a new contract was put on the table.


Granit Xhaka wanted to come to Roma

The international Swiss midfielder was expected to leave North London this summer, the 28-year-old has made no secret of his desire to take on a new challenge. It looked like he would be contacting Mourinho at the Stadio Olimpico, but no deal was made and Arsenal eventually tied Granit Xhaka on fresh terms.

Tiago Pinto is still disappointed with what he missed, telling reporters that the market is closed and he is having fun today because they bought so many players, but everyone asks him about the midfielder. Everyone knows that they were after Granit Xhaka, he wanted to come to Roma, but Arsenal did not let him out. Pinto regrets this transfer market.


A little about the topic

While Granit Xhaka remained out of reach, there was a lot of traffic on and off the field for the Giallorossi. Former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho took over the management reins, having previously enjoyed success in Italy with Inter, with deals for Matias Vina, Abraham, Rui Patricio, Shomurodov, Bryan Reynolds and Roger Ibanez.

Tiago is pleased with the way things have turned out, adding that he can say that this was the toughest transfer market in recent football history and they did a good job. Tiago Pinto doesn’t like to say that he is a good sporting director, but they brought the best coach in the world to the Roma bench, strengthened the team and placed a lot of exits. they will talk about things they couldn’t do, but they did well.

Another recruitment window won’t open until January, but Roma is still working to get more deals per line, with Tiago confident that Italy’s international midfielder Pellegrini will sign a new deal. Tiago said Lorenzo Pellegrini wants to update with Roma and Roma wants to update Lorenzo. This won’t be a problem. Roma opened the 2021-22 campaign with four consecutive victories across all competitions, allowing them to score six Serie A points and book a place in the Europa Conference League group stage.

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