Granit Xhaka has confirmed he is aware of the rumours linking him with Roma and says it is an honour that Jose Mourinho wants to work with him.
Xhaka has emerged as Mourinho’s first major target for Roma, with the Arsenal midfielder seen as someone who can strengthen the midfield.
Mourinho has spoken enthusiastically about the Switzerland international in the past, and is now trying to lure him away from Arsenal.
There is a difference in Arsenal’s price demands and what Roma are willing to pay, but there could be developments such as including bonuses or sending other players in the opposite direction. There is hope that a deal can be done before Euro 2020.
Xhaka insists he is focusing on the international tournament, but has acknowledged Roma’s interest.
“I am proud of Roma’s interest,” he told Blick. “I have read the rumours about my transfer, but I am concentrating 100% on the national team.
“At the moment this is more important than Arsenal or the transfer rumours.
“I still have another two years of contract with Arsenal. When it will be the time to speak of a possible transfer, I will be there.”
Xhaka also admitted he was pleased to be so highly rated by a coach as successful as Mourinho, who could soon become his new boss.
“Honestly, I haven’t heard what Mourinho said, but this makes me proud,” he added. “Everyone knows the Portuguese coach and the work that he has done.
“He knows how to win titles.”