Manchester United linked midfielder steps up Real Madrid comeback

Sami Khedira

Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira is close to returning from a long-term injury.

The German international midfielder has missed the majority of Real Madrid’s season following a MCL knee ligament injury whilst on international duty in November.

The 26-year-old was a regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s side before the injury, starting 10 La Liga games largely in place of the previously injured Xabi Alonso. He was reportedly subject of a deadline day transfer offer from Manchester United, rejected by both player and club.

After months of hard work, training alone and having to watch his side flourish without him, Sami Khedira is now reportedly weeks away from returning to first-team training.

In an interview with Spanish newspaper AS, he was delighted with his progress.

He said: “Right now I feel more at home, on the training ground.”

“I have the feeling that I’m reaching the end. I’m close to returning to the team and that gives me the motivation to keep fighting.”

“During the last few weeks I have trained more comfortably with my knee. I’m very happy to get back out there, being with the ball and running in the free air.”

Whilst Sami Khedira’s return will certainly please Real Madrid, it is debatable how much they actually need him right now.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side have a strong midfield trio of Xabi Alonso, Angel Di Maria and Luka Modric, with Asier Illarramendi, Isco and Casemiro all offering additional options.

As a result of further speculation regarding Madrid’s reported interest in Bayern Munich’s Javi Martinez, it has led to reports suggesting that Sami Khedira could be sold this summer.

With Manchester United linked, he would be the perfect candidate to solve their defensive midfield problems.

The Red Devils have struggled badly this season in their midfield department, and especially in the big matches, it has had a detrimental effect on their ability to create chances for the likes of Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney.

With Sami Khedira’s contract running out in 2015, perhaps an offer exceeding the €20m mark in the summer would be enough for David Moyes to land such an important player.

Should Manchester United make a move for Sami Khedira?

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch