This comes from their north-east reporter Keith Downie, who reveals how Bruce is banking on Xhaka’s friendship with his Swiss compatriot being a key factor behind his decision in the new year:
This follows on from a piece by Luke Edwards (The Telegraph) earlier this week, where he revealed that Schar had already told the former Arsenal skipper great things about both the city and the club in an attempt to convince him.
It seems like a long shot, even on loan, but Sky Sports claim the pair have a ‘close friendship’ – and it seems Steve Bruce is banking on that being the difference.
Downie’s piece insists Xhaka is ‘keeping his options’ open following interest from Italy and Germany, but a stint at St James’ Park could be the ideal solution if he’s looking to stay in England, get first-team football and play alongside his Swiss compatriot.
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