Denis Zakaria ‘prefers a transfer’ this summer rather than signing a new deal at Borussia Monchengladbach, reveals the German club’s sporting director… amid talk of Manchester City and Arsenal interest in the Swiss star
- Zakaria is reportedly the subject of interest from several Premier League sides
- The 24-year-old defensive midfielder played twice for Switzerland at Euro 2020
- Club chief Max Eberl also insisted they want to keep defender Matthias Ginter
Denis Zakaria ‘prefers a transfer’ rather than signing a new deal at Borussia Monchengladbach, according to the club’s sporting director.
Manchester City and Arsenal are said to be interested in signing the defensive midfielder.
And Monchengladbach chief Max Eberl revealed the club are struggling to tie the 24-year-old down to a new deal amid talk of a Premier League move.
Denis Zakaria (pictured) ‘prefers a transfer’ away from Borussia Monchengladbach this summer rather than signing a new contract at the club, sporting director Max Eberl has stated
The 24-year-old defensive midfielder played twice for Switzerland at Euro 2020 this summer
He said: ‘With Denis, we have been trying to extend his contract since October.
‘Denis and his management told us pretty clearly that they would prefer a transfer this summer.’
The 34-cap international played twice for Switzerland at Euro 2020, including in the quarter-final they lost on penalties against Spain, despite competing with captain Granit Xhaka and Atalanta’s Remo Freuler for a spot in the midfield double pivot.
Eberl has insisted he also wants to keep German centre back Matthias Ginter
Former Young Boys star Zakaria is tipped as one of the most promising players in Europe, and may leave Adi Hutter’s side given they finished eighth in the Bundesliga and therefore missed out on European qualification by a single point last season.
Pep Guardiola’s City and Arsenal have been credited with interest, although Arsenal’s lack of continental competition could count against them.
Eberl also insisted the western German club are keen to retain defender Matthias Ginter, who is reportedly wanted by both Real Madrid and Barcelona, adding: ‘When he is back, we’ll see what opportunities arise.’