Manchester United and Chelsea £40m target labelled a ‘mule’ in Spain

Sami Khedira has been getting plenty of stick in recent months for his Real Madrid performances.

In recent weeks both Chelsea and Manchester United have been linked with the signature of German international midfielder Sami Khedira. The former seem the more likely destination. Khedira played under Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, and living in London near his close friend and recent Madridista exile Mesut Ozil would be ideal for the player.

Now, the player himself has spoken about his frustration in Spain. He has been roundly criticised by Spanish media in recent weeks, for what they perceive as a general lack of ability on the giant central midfielders part.

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Here is what he said earlier this week, which clearly does not make him sound like a happy bunny:

"I feel insulted by the Spanish press, I will never be one of their favourite sons. I began the season on the bench and once again I've been made a scapegoat. They don't value me, even when I play well. I'm not Spanish, I didn't cost a lot and I'm a disciple of Mourinho."

When speaking about the clubs rocky start to the season, Khedira felt the sale of his good buddy Ozil was a key reason:

“Is it down to losing Mesut Ozil? The loss of a quality player like Mesut would weaken any team.”

So it will not please him to hear what they were saying on Spanish TV show ‘Tiki-Taka’ this week.

Carlos Forjanes, a journalist for the publication Diario AS, stated:

"Khedira is a mule and takes his role seriously. He has not yet realized that he plays more than he deserves. "

Another journalist stated that it ‘’hurt his eyes when Khedira got the ball’’ although he did receive some support from Alberto Cuellar of ‘El Mundo Deportivo’ - who said the things the other commentators were saying about the German powerhouse were ‘’disrespectful’’.

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But regardless of what is currently being said about him in Spain, we all know what he is capable of on his day after witnessing first hand his calming influence on a German team that once pulverised England.

And either United or Chelsea would love to have that at their disposal.

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