Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has moved to clarify the future of midfielder Sami Khedira, following a summer of ongoing speculation.
Khedira has been linked heavily with Arsenal and Chelsea this transfer window, with clubs reportedly battling for his signature a year before his contract expires at the Bernabéu.
The 27-year-old has not been around the Spanish capital for the majority of the summer due to World Cup commitments with Germany, a competition he eventually went on to win.
But his coach Carlo Ancelotti has said very firmly that he will not be playing anywhere else in the coming season.
“He’s not leaving, he’s a Real Madrid player. He has a contract until June 30, 2015 and that’s all there is to say,” Ancelotti said bluntly in his pre-match press-conference ahead of the UEFA Super Cup Final on Tuesday.
The German has been back in training a week with the European Champions now, and probably won’t feature from the start against Sevilla later today.
His place has come under increased pressure of late thanks to the arrival of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos, as Ancelotti is likely to pursue a more attacking midfield shape.
Nonetheless, his abilities as a holding midfielder along with Xabi Alonso will be called upon in tighter games, with his Italian coach still valuing him as a squad member.
But for Arsenal and Chelsea the game looks to finally be up in the chase for Khedira, unless a massive fee were to come in. Both could now compete for his signature in January, where if Khedira hasn’t signed a new deal with Madrid, would be free to begin negotiating with other clubs.