When working for ITV at Euro 2016 in the summer, Murphy also commented on Xhaka during the France-Switzerland game questioning Xhaka’s defensive abilities.
Talking in an interview with the Swiss media, the 24-year-old said Murphy’s criticisms are not something that concerns him at the moment while he believes he is going through a patch of good form:
‘It is the opinion of an ex-footballer who does not touch me too much in this form.’
Xhaka has started the last eight Premier League games and was last benched for the match against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League back in late November. With the absence of Santi Cazorla, Mohamed Elneny and Francis Coquelin, the Swiss star will continue his run in the starting eleven for a while longer yet.