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Xhaka: My parents had nothing but their clothes

15 Mar 2017
Arsenal's Granit Xhaka

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka describes his gratitude to his family who had to flee war-torn Kosovo

"When I have kids in the future, I want to tell them the story about how my parents grew up, how we grew up, and how it's two different worlds."

When Arsenal's Granit Xhaka was just a child, his parents fled their home to escape the war in Kosovo.

They went to Switzerland, where Xhaka went on to come through FC Basel's youth academy and started his journey to one of the Premier League's most successful clubs.

"They had nothing with them apart from their clothes, and they only knew these friends who worked there," Xhaka says in the video below. "It shows that when you work really hard and want to achieve something for your whole family, it can be done."

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