Sami Khedira has confirmed that he will leave Real Madrid this summer, according to reports in Germany.
Khedira has been the subject of transfer speculation for months with his contract due to expire in June, meaning he can leave for free and join one of the many clubs that have been linked with him. The Germany international, 27, has been largely linked with a move to the Premier League with Chelsea competing with London rivals Arsenal for the World Cup winner’s signature, although there are rumours that he wishes to return to his native country- Bayern Munich being the most likely destination in that case.
He is quoted in German football magazine Kicker as saying:
“It’s nothing against Real, but I just want a new challenge and to keep improving myself.”
Chelsea are favourites to sign Khedira, with Arsenal supposedly put off by his wage demands, but, should he join the Blues, it is difficult to see where he would fit into the team, or indeed what his role might be other than to give stern competition to the impressive Nemanja Matic in midfield.
Khedira has spent five years at Real Madrid and was one of Jose Mourinho’s first signings for the Spanish giants when he became manager in 2010.