The German international took to his Facebook account to write a very public goodbye to the Portuguese coach where he talked about the support and chances that Mourinho has given him.
Mourinho is fully expected to be confirmed as the next Chelsea boss at some point in the near future, which could prompt one or two of his former players to follow him to Chelsea.
“I want to thank for him for the opportunity he gave me at Real. I want to thank him for the support he has given me. He has always had my back,” Khedira wrote on his page.
Chelsea are not lacking any creativity in their midfield because the trio of Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard has proven to be very effective so far.
However, what they are lacking is a younger version of Frank Lampard. The sort of player who can control the midfield, provide the creative players with the space and freedom to cause chaos and someone who can get on the end of chances.
The biggest pulling factor that Chelsea could use in their bid to sign someone like Khedira is Mourinho himself.
It’s very clear that the German has a level of respect and admiration for the coach, which is very hard to find elsewhere in football.
If it were any other manager possibly making a bid or two for Khedira then he’d more than likely ignore it or not take it seriously, but because it’s Mourinho it increases the chance that he’ll move to West London.
Logistically it shouldn’t be too difficult a deal to pull off because Khedira only has two years left to run on his current deal, which means Real Madrid could be willing to sell.
That relies on Mourinho and the club working their magic to try and convince the player that a move to Chelsea is a better option than an extended deal with the Spanish giants.
His price also shouldn’t be too much of an obstacle considering the resources Chelsea have to fall back on, regardless of whether other clubs come into the mix and drive the final fee over the £30 million mark.
Khedira is only 26-years-old so if he’s going to move again in his career then it’s more than likely going to be now.
He can play under Mourinho for the rest of his career if he wants to, it’s just a case of getting him convinced and then negotiating through all of the red tape.
It could be nothing more than a simple goodbye message but we'll never know until Mourinho urges Chelsea to make a bid.
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