Borussia Monchengladbach chief Max Eberl has opened the door for Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka to return to the club, but only if he reduces his wages.
Xhaka this week revealed he would love to return to his former club at the end of his time with Arsenal, should Eberl be open to the idea.
He has fond memories of his time with the German side, who he joined from FC Basel in July 2012 and spent four years playing for, making 140 appearances in total, before his move to the Emirates in 2016.
He’s admitted on several occasions he would like to return to the club and hinted again this week in an interview with the Mitgeredet podcast.
“I’ve just extended my contract, which still has two and a half years to run. Then I’ll be 32, and if Max Eberl is willing to bring me back when I’m 32, my door is also open,” he told them.
Whether Eberl would be open to the idea was unknown up to this point, with the Monchengladbach chief staying quiet on the matter over the years.
This week, though, he’s been on something of a media tour in Germany, doing extensive interviews with the likes of BILD and Sky, discussing his career and various other things.
BILD took the opportunity to put Xhaka’s comments to him, and it seems he’s more than happy to welcome the Arsenal man back.
“Granit had a great time here,” he told the newspaper.
“The fact that he has a very close relationship with the club and the region makes us very happy. We still have irregular contact.
“He has hinted at this more than once. Granit told me his salary, and I told him to play a few more years at Arsenal and then we can talk more.
“It’s a nice story and always nice when players express themselves like that. When he’s really 32 years old, I’ll talk to him again…”