Jose Mourinho URGES Granit Xhaka to get the Covid-19 vaccine after the Arsenal midfielder tested positive for the virus on international duty with Switzerland after REFUSING the jab
- Mourinho posted on Xhaka’s Instagram page, encouraging him to get jabbed
- The Swiss was confirmed to be the first Premier League player to turn it down
- Xhaka will now miss his country’s qualifiers against Italy and Northern Ireland
Roma manager Jose Mourinho has urged Granit Xhaka to get the Covid-19 vaccine on social media.
The Arsenal midfielder tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty with Switzerland, having previously refused to get the jab.
And former Tottenham boss Mourinho told Xhaka – who he tried to bring to Roma from the Gunners this summer – to look after himself and just be vaccinated.
Jose Mourinho has urged Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka (pictured) to get his Covid-19 vaccination
Roma manager Mourinho (above), formerly of the Gunners’ rivals Tottenham, handed out advice to the player he tried to sign this summer on the Swiss midfielder’s Instagram account
His comment read: ‘Get the jab Granit and be safe’.
The Portuguese’s words came on one of Xhaka’s Instagram posts, which shows the 28-year-old smiling with the caption: ‘Excited about the challenges ahead.’
However, having contracting the virus shortly after that, the national team captain will miss their crucial World Cup qualifiers against their biggest Group C rivals, Italy and Northern Ireland, on Sunday and Wednesday respectively.
Swiss football chief Adrian Arnold said: ‘Granit Xhaka was not vaccinated. He’s a player who isn’t vaccinated. We left this up to each player, it’s a personal decision of each player – just like any other person in Switzerland.
‘We have issued a recommendation that everyone vaccinate. But he decided for himself personally. And it is also his right not to be vaccinated.’
Sportsmail reported on Thursday that Xhaka, who is the only Swiss player in isolation, is confirmed to be the first Premier League player to turn down a jab, with research showing a third of footballers could be set to follow his example.
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