Sami Khedira enjoyed a rare season competing successfully at the very highest echelons in two competitions of world football.
Not only did he help Real Madrid complete their protracted La Decima ambition by winning the Champions League, but he then proved vital to Germany's World Cup campaign where the central European team stormed to the final, where they edged Argentina to lift the grandest of international soccer prizes.
The defensive midfielder added a Champions League winners medal and a World Cup title to his individual trophy cabinet in the space of a matter of months, he is one of the finest operators in his role on the field yet he finds himself in an extraordinary position.
Bild, one of the most notable journalistic outlets in Germany, reference 'ABC' but claim Khedira gives Real Madrid "no option" but to effectively issue an ultimatum to him. Los Blancos should "put pressure on the midfielder to either change [clubs] or sit on the bench for the whole of next season."
Khedira is contractually-bound to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu club for another season and is seemingly pursuing a summer exit from the club, yet a transfer to Arsenal has halted due to apparently exorbitant wage demands.
That leaves Chelsea as the only likely destination for the player, however, Jose Mourinho's interest may have cooled as the Portuguese is seemingly more eager to recruit Khedira's team-mate Raphael Varane.
Sami Khedira has a market valuation of £24 million.