Bayer Leverkusen star, Granit Xhaka has revealed that he wept tears of joy leaving Arsenal this summer.
The Swiss international has revealed that he was crying tears of joy when he transferred to Bayer Leverkusen.
Despite an outstanding season last term in England, which saw Arsenal finish second in the Premier League, Xhaka left early in the summer window.
“I’m a very emotional person, I like to cry and I’m not ashamed of it,” he told Leverkusen’s club channel ‘The Werkself Friend Book’
“Of course, I also cried for joy at times. For example, when I made my transfer here to Leverkusen.
“I also cried tears of joy because I really wanted to go back [to German football after previous stint at Borussia Monchengladbach]. I think it’s also part of it as a person.”
Granit Xhaka was born on 27 September 1992 in the city of Basel, Switzerland, into an ethnic Albanian family from Podujevo, Kosovo, then part of the FR Yugoslavia. The family had moved from Podujevo to Basel, Switzerland in 1990.
Xhaka’s elder brother, Taulant is also a professional footballer who plays for Basel and previously represented Albania. In July 2017, Xhaka married his long-term partner, Leonita Lekaj. They have two daughters, born in 2019 and 2021.