Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has put paid to the hopes of a number of clubs when it comes to signing Sami Khedira, by confirming that the player has told him he wants to stay.
The Germany international has for some time now been the subject of mass transfer speculation, with a host of Premier League sides seemingly ready to try and prise him away from the Santiago Bernabeu in the January transfer window.
Chelsea and Arsenal interest
Chelsea and Arsenal looked to have edged ahead of Manchester United in recent weeks, with Arsene Wenger being linked with making an offer at the next available opportunity.
The Frenchman is short of a midfield ball-winner, and the spine of Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski - who all play, or have played, with Khedira in the German national side - could help the player settle.
Yet Ancelotti has revealed, via Sky Italia, that Khedira has no intentions of leaving Real, and insists that the 27-year-old wants to stay in the Spanish capital.
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”Sami wants to stay here. He doesn’t want to leave Real and he told me so personally. We’ll try to renew his contract but I don’t think this is the opportune time to discuss such matters," the Italian coach said.
"He doesn’t want to leave Real and he told me so personally"
"With time this situation will resolve itself. He’s in good condition, he played very well against Spain. Jese’ will be available in a month, he isn’t for sale.”
Khedira at Madrid
Such comments may come a surprise given the fact that Khedira had appeared to have lost his place in the first-team under Ancelotti to new signing Toni Kroos. The injury sustained by Luka Modric should see him given a way back into the fold, but eventually his manager will have a selection headache that will lead to one star name dropping to the bench.
Khedira’s current deal at Madrid runs out next summer, meaning that unless Los Blancos sell him in January or persuade him to put pen to paper on a new deal, he’ll be able to leave for nothing prior to the start of next season.