Arsenal's first summer signing Granit Xhaka says it was "madness" to be on the phone with boss Arsene Wenger.
The 23-year-old explained how he was delighted to make contact with the Frenchman over a possible move to the Emirates as he revealed what the manager told him to convince him to accept the offer.
"It was madness to speak to Wenger. He is a legend for me, he has always been a legend in my eyes," Xhaka told Sport Bild.
"And then all of a sudden he's on the phone and tells me he wants to sign me.
"He told me to come to Arsenal if I wanted to enjoy playing football and said Arsenal is like paradise.
"It was very important to me to complete the transfer before Euro 2016.
"I wanted to have a clear mind during the tournament. I didn't want agents or clubs distracting me.
"I am delighted everything has been sorted now."