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Granit Xhaka dismisses talk of rift in Switzerland camp ahead of Hungary opener

Granit Xhaka had to play down reports of a rift with head coach Murat Yakin ahead of Saturday's Group A opener with Hungary at Euro 2024.

Former Arsenal captain Xhaka enjoyed a remarkable season with Bayer Leverkusen after they won a domestic double and now turns his focus to international football.

Switzerland take on Hungary in Cologne, but Xhaka was asked to cast his mind back to September when he was critical of the team's preparation before a 2-2 draw with Kosovo.

Xhaka told a press conference: "We are glad to have a coach who listens to us and who wants to talk to us. We have never had problems.

"We are adult enough to clarify everything. I have a great relationship with the coach.

"The last six or eight months, he came to see me many times. We met in Dusseldorf, we had dinner together and drank a lot of wine together.

"Everything is going fine. We are both ambitious and we want to be successful.

"Those who know me, know I don't like to talk about ifs, buts and hypothesis. I packed my luggage to spend here a lot of time."

It is a similar story for Hungary after four wins from their last five matches.

"Let's see this time what happens," Hungary boss Marco Rossi said.

"We qualified not by chance but because we deserve to and we're here and we would like to be the protagonist.

"We would like to give joy and happiness to our supporters."

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