Bundesliga and German football expert Jan Aage Fjortoft has been handed information that implies neither Manchester United nor Chelsea will be able to lure midfield target Sami Khedira away from Estadio Santiago Bernabeu as the 27-year-old will be "saying at Real Madrid next season."
A favourite of Jose Mourinho during the Portuguese's time in charge of Real Madrid, the current Chelsea boss even heralded the midfielder as the best in his position. In the past season, though, he rarely featured due to a five month layoff from a knee injury.
The player, currently on international duty with Germany in Brazil for the World Cup, would likely be a mainstay at both club and country level when he is fully fit.
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Khedira has featured in both of Germany's games thus far in the World Cup tournament.
Against Portugal, he struggled to complete his passes as effectively as he did against Ghana, but when it came to total amount of passes, touches on the football, dueling (ground level and in the air), tackling and intercepting, he returned comparable statistics to the matches he did participate in whilst representing Real in La Liga and in Champions League competition.
Valued at approximately £20 million by transfermarkt.co.uk, Khedira is a defensive-minded midfielder who is not combative in nature, makes forward runs and is capable of solid, if short, passing plays.
At Chelsea, he could likely partner Nemanja Matic if manager Jose Mourinho was organising his team to compete against an elite-level club, while Louis van Gaal may have opted for a similar strategy at Manchester United by fielding him next to Michael Carrick to provide as much protection to the back-four as possible.
According to Fjortoft, though, neither is now possible…
Been told that Khedira is staying at Real Madrid next season— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) June 23, 2014