Newcastle’s hopes of making an ambitious swoop for Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka look doomed to fail, as Unai Emery suggests he will remain at the Emirates Stadium.
The Chronicle report the Swiss star had talks with the Gunners’ manager after returning from international duty, and they led Emery to say he thought the player had “a long future” at the club.
Emery said: “His mindset is better to help us and to be closer to playing when we need him. I spoke to him this morning and we had a very good conversation.
“My objective hasn’t changed. I want him to come back, with him helping us and also convincing every supporter of his commitment to us and his performances are going to be better and we are going to be proud of him in an Arsenal shirt.
“He will have a long future with us – that is my objective – and I am going to work for that.”
Bruce will be disappointed but will have other plans
If Xhaka does stay at Arsenal, it will be a blow to Bruce’s January plans, with him seeming bullish about pulling off a surprise coup for him.
Of course, Bruce will have other targets for the midfield addition he is hoping for, but it appeared apparent that the international teammate of Newcastle’s Fabian Schar was his top target.
Ibrahima Sissoko is another name reportedly interesting Bruce, with a £13 million deal on the verge of completion at one stage, according to the Sun.
Bruce reportedly wants to sign players if they are capable of bettering a position, and has always insisted January is a difficult time to do business. The new twist in the Xhaka saga is certainly proof of that.