Sami Khedira looks likely to remain with Real Madrid for the rest of the season at least after boss Carlo Ancelotti brushed off the departure rumours.
The 27-year-old’s current deal with Madrid comes to an end this summer allowing him to sign a pre-contractual agreement with another club this January and leave on a free at the end of this campaign. Reports had been suggesting Arsenal were considering launching a cut-price bid to secure him this January to solve their midfield crisis – however it seemed a very un-Wengerish idea.
Khedira recently raised some eyebrows after suggesting he would be open to extending his stay at the Bernabeu, however he continues to avoid signing fresh terms.
Madrid boss Ancellotti brushed off suggestions the World Cup winner was heading for the exit door this winter and expects him to remain with the La Liga giants until the end of the current campaign at the very least.
I’ve heard nothing. They’re just rumours. He’s our player, at least until June 30.
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Khedira is a player of Real Madrid and I treat him as such.
The Gunners are in need of a more physical presence in the midfield with Mikel Arteta showing his age and Mathieu Flamini not the world class player Arsenal require in the deeper central role.
While Khedira may not be a traditional defensive midfielder, he is someone who could adapt to that role. But it appears all the rumours are in vein if he does indeed remain in Madrid. Nothing is certain however and Ancelotti is perhaps just trying to make it seem like Khedira is not an easily poachable player.
If Wenger does opt to move, the Germany international will almost certainly not be in an Arsenal shirt this January – he will wait for the free deal this summer.
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