Granit Xhaka and Mahmoud Dahoud will not be leaving Borussia Mönchengladbach, according to the club. Xhaka, the club's captain, also had his say on rumors linking him with a move to England's Premier League.
Borussia Mönchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl has said that "there is no need [for clubs] to call" in regards to interest in signing either club captain Granit Xhaka or teenage prodigy Mahmoud Dahoud from the club.
The Foals' midfielder pairing, who have each shone in the Bundesliga this season, have been the subjects of reported interest from clubs within the Bundesliga and across Europe. Speaking to "Sky Germany" Eberl made it clear that both players are expected to stay at Borussia-Park.
"Mahmoud is an exceptional player and we have no need to sell him," Eberl explained. "He will stay with us. And Granit is our captain and that should be the case next season. There's no need to call us."
Xhaka has his say
Swiss international Xhaka also adressed the rumors himself in an interview with Cologne-based publication "Express".
"I've seen the rumors linking me with a move to Arsenal and all I can say is that it's nonsense," 23-year old Xhaka said. "There have been no negotiations with Arsene Wenger. Nothing has been agreed.
"If someone claims to have seen my father negotitating in London, then they should show me the photo. No one from London has been here to negotiate, either. If someone claims otherwise, give me a call! I can invite you to dinner. You [the media] can write that down for all I care."
Xhaka has been a Foal since 2012, when he joined the club from Basel in Switzerland. He became the club's captain earlier this season after Tony Jantschke was ruled out for the season through injury.
"I'm honored by the rumors, but I want to clarify: my contract with Gladbach goes to 2019," Xhaka added. "I also have the option to extend here for one more year. I feel very comfortable with Gladbach. If there really is an interesting offer, we'll look at it. But, up to now, there is nothing."
Borussia Mönchengladbach face Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga on Sunday.