Manchester United reportedly made a late effort to sign Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira before the transfer window closed, and the player’s latest comments should come as interest to the Premier League champions.
The Germany international has not had the same influence under new Los Blancos coach Carlo Ancelotti, and has come in for criticism from the supporters.
As such, the box-to-box midfielder has admitted that he is unhappy with the current situation in the Spanish capital.
“I’m not a Spanish player, I did not cost a lot of money and I am one of Mourinho’s disciples,” Khedira stated.
“I started the season on the bench or in the stands. Even if I play well, I am the scapegoat and so will not be properly valued.”
Khedira was also vocal when Madrid opted to allow his countryman Mesut Ozil to leave the Santiago Bernabeu to join Arsenal, and has again questioned the logic of selling the playmaker.
“A lot of players have lamented him leaving, including me. To lose a player with his qualities weakens the team, but we have other players of quality,” the German continued.
Khedira’s side have fallen behind rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid domestically, and the German has stated that the team have underperformed this term.
“We are not playing well. Most of the time we are over-complicating with too much individualism,” he said.
“I don’t know if it is just a matter of time or if there is another problem, but we are still not playing like a team.”
These are not the comments of a player happy with his current situation, and if Khedira continues to be used sparingly in Madrid there will be an opening for the likes of United.
The midfielder has Luka Modric, Asier Illarramendi and Xabi Alonso to compete with for two central midfield roles.
If Khedira does become available there will be no shortage of suitors, and United should be at the front of that list. With the Old Trafford outfit looking for dynamism and energy in the centre of their team, the experienced Germany international would be an ideal fit for the champions.
With Khedira admitting earlier in the season that United made a bid for him before the window closed, it shows that the German is a player that Moyes admires. With the current state of play, United should be monitoring the situation closely and would be advised to revisit it in January.
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