Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira will reject a move to Arsenal in favour of signing a contract extension at the Bernabeu - because he does not want to run the risk of failing in the Premier League like his former teammate Mesut Ozil.
The Germany international - who has also been strongly linked with Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City - is poised to pen a new deal with the reigning European champions, according to the Express.
The report describes how Khedira is not prepared to put his reputation on the line by joining a Premier League club and potentially suffering in the same way Ozil has over the past 14 months.
Khedira not impressed by quality
It’s also understood that Khedira, 27, has been less than impressed with the qualify of football on display in England’s top division since closely monitoring the league following Ozil’s arrival.
The World Cup winner, who earns a reported £200,000-a-week, is now expected to end speculation over his future by signing a new £3 million-a-year deal which will expire in 2018.
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Khedira wanted by several clubs
Widely regarded as one of the world’s best holding midfielders, Khedira is a player in high-demand. His decision to sign a new contract with Los Blancos may come as a surprise to those clubs interested in signing the player, however, due to the fact Khedira has played just 47 minutes in La Liga under Carlo Ancelotti this season.
The Italian coach has preferred to deploy Luka Modric and Toni Kroos as his midfield duo - and it’s worked to great effect so far. Real Madrid currently sit top of the Spanish league table and have won their last 13 matches in all competitions.
Ozil's struggle continues
As for Ozil, who was also part of the Germany squad that lifted the World Cup in the summer, he remains sidelined with a knee injury sustained in October.
The former Real Madrid playmaker, who cost Arsenal a club-record £42.4 million in September 2013, has struggled to reproduce his best form on a consistent basis since arriving at the Emirates Stadium and has been linked with a move away from the club in January.
Ozil is expected to return to action in the New Year, at which point the club’s fans will expect to see a marked improvement in their most expensive player’s performances heading into the second half of the 2014-15 campaign.