Real Madrid star Sami Khedira shuns reports of move to Chelsea
Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira has rubbished speculation suggesting he will be joining his former boss Jose Mourinho at Chelsea. The Germany international has been linked with a move to Chelsea following rumors about his exit from Santiago Bernabeu.
Sami Khedira announced he was looking forward to playing under Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid this season. The 26-year-old arrived at Real Madrid in 2010 as one of Jose Mourinho’s first signings at the Spanish club. The German midfielder immediately impressed onlookers with brilliant performances for club and country.
After the departure of Jose Mourinho rumors of the Portuguese boss bringing Sami Khedira to London started to appear in the transfer market. In an interview to Welt Am Sonntag, Sami Khedira shot down reports linking him with an away mover.
“I have enjoyed working with him [Mourinho] very much and rate him highly,” Sami Khedira said. “Three years ago he handed me the chance to make the next step from the Bundesliga to Real Madrid as a young international. But I am contracted to Real and now I am first of all looking forward to working with Carlo Ancelotti.”
Sami Khedira, who still has two years left on his contract with Real Madrid, also revealed that he was already thinking about extending his contract with Real Madrid. The former Stuttgart claims there has been no progress to report on the issue, but the task is being taken care of his agent Jorg Neubauer.
“That’s still an issue. My agent Jorg Neubauer takes care of that. But as of now there is nothing concrete to announce,” Sami Khedira added.
Sami Khedira feels the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti will begin “a new chapter” in his life. The German star claims he is eager to begin the season under his manager. Sami Khedira lauded Carlo Ancelotti and understands that the Italian has brought success to all teams he has managed.
“A new coach is always a new beginning as well. There are new ideas, a new playing philosophy and certainly also new content in training,” Sami Khedira said. “I am full of anticipation as I am still very proud to be playing for Real Madrid. Whoever plays for this huge club competes for titles. I am convinced that the work under Carlo Ancelotti will take me one step further.
“I have heard a lot of him. Also from my team-mate Kaka, who worked under him at AC Milan. Wherever he has worked so far he has been successful, his team have always played good football - like Paris [Saint-Germain] last year. Not a lot was missing and they could have beaten Barcelona in the quarter-finals of Champions League last year. We will get an experienced coach, a great personality - someone who places value on tactics and discipline on the pitch.”