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‘What first season here has taught me’

Granit Xhaka

He’s made almost 40 appearances, has established himself as a key component in midfield and chipped in with a few goals too - so it’s fair to say that Granit Xhaka’s first season in England has included encouraging aspects.

The Swiss international recognises there have been highs and lows but feels he has “become cleverer” over the course of the campaign.

“For me football is pretty much the same everywhere, the ball is round, but maybe tactically things are different than at other clubs I’ve played for,” he said.

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“In football you get criticised if you are sent off. It’s my style of play and nobody can make me change that. Even if I get another red card, then that happens.

“You become cleverer, maybe look more and since my red card, I think things have improved.

“I didn’t sign here [to not improve]. This is a top club, a great club. We’re having a season where things have been a bit more difficult but I’m convinced that in the coming years we can show another side.”

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