Switzerland captain Granit Jaka insists that rumors of his Arsenal’s future will not distract him at Euro 2020.
Jaka has been closely linked to his summer move to Roma and joining former Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho at the Serie A.
The 28-year-old midfielder has made 220 appearances for Arsenal since transferring from Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2016.
“There are always rumors as soon as the transfer market opens, but I don’t want to talk about my future,” Jaka said before the start of the Euro 2020 match with Wales, which will be held in Baku on Saturday in Baku.
“I am 100 percent focused here on the national team, and I want to keep that until the end of the tournament.
“What happens next, you will find out about it later. Everything else does not distract me.
“I am in good shape and motivated and look forward to doing a lot for the team in this tournament.”
Switzerland has a lot of experience, adding Liverpool midfielder Herdan Shaqiri, Torino striker Ricardo Rodriguez and Newcastle center-back Fabian Shar to Jack, who have scored in 94 games.
The Swiss have won all five games in 2021: World Cup qualifying victories over Bulgaria and Lithuania and friendly victories over Finland, USA and Liechtenstein.
Jaka said about Switzerland’s prospects for Euro 2020: “I have a good feeling. We’ve had a good, long preparation phase and are looking forward to getting started.
“Great hopes are expected from the outside, the public expects a lot from us.
“We will do this step by step, but the expectations from us are very high.”
Head coach Vladimir Petkovich has been in charge of the national team since 2014 and led Switzerland to the 1/8 finals of the 2016 European Championship and the 2018 World Cup.
Italy and Turkey complete the Group A squad, and Petkovic said: “Because this is the first match, you don’t know at what level we or Wales.
“But Wales is definitely a strong opponent and deserves the greatest respect. They are uncomfortable clients.
“They’re compact defensively and good one-on-one, but they also have great quality in the last third with some amazingly talented players who know what they are doing.
“But we want to dominate the process, set the pace, and have the edge in the last third.”