Sami Khedira joins Juventus from Real Madrid

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Juventus have signed former Real Madrid holding midfielder Samir Khedria on a free transfer, the Italian club have confirmed.

The 28-year-old will join the Champions League finalists after spending five years at at the Bernabeu with Los Blancos.

Khedira has enjoyed a successful spell in the Spanish capital, winning the Copa del Ray, La Liga and the Champions League during his time at the club.

The German international has also won the World Cup in his time as a player.

Juventus will be happy to complete their second signing of the summer so early. Khedira will follow the highly rated centre-forward Paulo Dybala into the club and cover the Serie A champions should Carlos Tevez and Andrea Pirlo depart.

Midfield exodus

The former Stuttgart player’s arrival will do little to quash the rumours that both Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba could both be on their way out of Turin this summer, with Manchester United and Real Madrid possible destinations for the pair.

Khedira is believed to have become disillusioned after seeing his first team become limited  in the Spanish capital. It culminated in seeing centre-back Sergio Ramos filling central-midfield roles ahead of him in big games - including the Champions League semi-final against his new club.

Speaking out

Khedira spoke out on the issue saying: “I’ve always felt that I’ve had the coach’s backing but the message indirectly came through to me that I was no longer needed. I was frozen out and wouldn’t have a chance to continue playing. It’s not the end that I wanted.

“It hurts that I’m accused of a lack of professionalism because I’ve always put the team ahead of myself. I’ve always gone with the truth.”

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