Premier League target Khedira to leave Real Madrid

Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira has confirmed he is to leave the club at the end of the season amid continued speculation with a move to the Premier League, the Germany World Cup winner linked to Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United, the Guardian has reported.

Khedira’s contract at the Santiago Bernabeu expires this summer, the former Stuttgart player moving to the Spanish capital in 2010. He has made more than 150 appearances for Madrid, scoring nine goals, and was part of the squad that won the Primera title in 2011-12 and the Champions League in 2014.

The 27-year-old has however fallen out of favour under Carlo Ancelotti, with compatriot Toni Kroos taking a regular place under the Italian following his post-World Cup move from Bayern Munich. Luka Modric is also among Ancelotti’s preferred options and January signing Lucas Silva, bought from Brazilian club Cruzeiro, has received game time in recent weeks too, ahead of Khedira and Asier Illarramendi.

Khedira, who is also thought to be on the radar of Bayern Munich and Schalke, has not confirmed where he intends to ply his trade upon leaving Madrid, but told an interview with German publication Kicker that he would be looking for a new club. “It’s not a decision against Real Madrid. I want to start a new stage in my career and continue to grow,” he said.

“There’s no agreement with anyone nor do I have a preference to go anywhere at the moment,” Khedira continued. “I’ve had a magnificent time in a magnificent team. I’ll do everything I can to keep helping the team in the coming weeks.”

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