Sami Khedira endured a frustrating season in 2013-14 as he was injured for most of the campaign.
The Real Madrid midfielder suffered cruciate ligament rupture in November, and at the time it appeared that he would not be able to play for the rest of the season and would miss the 2014 World Cup.
However, the 27-year-old made a recovery and even started the Champions League final for Madrid against their city-rivals Atletico Madrid on May 24.
The former Stuttgart star did not have the best of matches and looked rusty, and was eventually replaced just before the hour mark at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon.
Yet, Khedira could still claim to be a Champions League winner as Los Blancos would go to win the final 4-1 after extra time.
Then came the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and Khedira played a key part in Germany’s road to the final at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.
Agonisingly for the defensive midfielder, he suffered a calf problem during warm-up ahead of the world’s biggest football match and could not feature in it.
Nevertheless, Khedira still became a world champion as Joachim Low’s side defeated Argentina 1-0 after extra time.
Khedira has now thanked everyone who helped him during his rehabilitation, including his fitness coach Christian Sander, Low, the German football federation and his family.
Interestingly, the first person Khedira acknowledges for his recovery is Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti.
‘Special thanks go out to: - Carlo Ancelotti for the constant communication and faith in me - Real Madrid and all the employees as well as my agent for the perfect partnership’, he wrote on his official Facebook page.
Khedira has been linked with a move away from Madrid this summer. Arsenal have been strongly linked with the German, while Chelsea are also a reported suitor, but could he still remain at the Santiago Bernabeu after all?
Khedira’s thankfulness to Ancelotti and Madrid does imply that he still wants to remain at the club. Negotiations over an extension to his contract that runs out next summer have reportedly hit a snag because of his wage demands, but perhaps the two parties will come to an agreement after all.
Moreover, it has been reported in the Spanish media that Ancelotti wants Khedira to continue, while the club’s first summer signing Toni Kroos said on Thursday that his German compatriot has made ‘positive’ remarks about the team (click here to read more).
However, it is very difficult to say how things will pan out during transfer windows. Until and unless it is officially announced that Khedira has signed a new contract at Madrid, speculation over his future will continue.