Borussia Mönchengladbach Sign Granit Xhaka From FC Basel

BASEL, SWITZERLAND - DECEMBER 07: Granit Xhaka of Basel and Ryan Giggs of Manchester United battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between FC Basel 1893 and Manchester United at St. Jakob-Park on December 7, 2011 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Granit Xhaka has joined Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Borussia Mönchengladbach have signed FC Basel midfielder Granit Xhaka on a five year contract. The transfer fee was not released, but it is expected to be around €8.5 million.

Xhaka, 19, made his debut for Basel when he was only 17 years old. He's been in the first team ever since and was a starter this year. His performances this season in Basel's double winning campaign drew the eyes of several bigger clubs. Xhaka performed very well in the club's Champions League run this season that saw this dispatch Manchester United from the competition.

When his signing was announced, Xhaka said, "It wasn't a difficult decision to take. I opted for Borussia from the outset because it's a fantastic club."

Gladbach finished in fourth place in the Bundesliga this season, so they will enter the final qualifying stage of next season's Champions League. Xhaka is the first player confirmed to be joining Gladbach this summer, and we know that they'll be making several more moves to strengthen the side ahead of next season.

Xhaka becomes the second Basel midfielder to join a Bundesliga Champions League qualifying team for next season. Xherdan Shaqiri has already signed with Bayern Munich.

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