Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has said that the ball is in Arsenal target Sami Khedira’s court regarding his future at the club.
The German international has long been linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu with the Gunners amongst the favourites to sign him.
Khedira was a first-team regular under former boss Jose Mourinho, but a long-term knee ligament injury in September 2013 put contract renewal discussions on hold.
As the 27-year-old finally returned, a host of alterations – including a managerial change last summer – had occurred resulting in doubts being cast over his future involvement with the La Liga outfit.
With his contract winding down to the 2015 expiry date, it was expected that Khedira would move on the summer but a likely exit – and possible ground-breaking Arsenal deal – failed to materialise.
Ancelotti, however, has never wished for his midfielder to leave the club and revealed yesterday that he is open to keeping him on if Khedira wants to remain in the Spanish capital.
"We have until June to reach an agreement with him. If he wants to sign an extension, the club will renew him. If not, he will leave the team at the end of the season," he said, according to Spanish newspaper AS.
The former Stuttgart man has only made two La Liga appearances for Real Madrid this season, suggesting his role for Los Blancos is only ever going to be one of squad rotation.
The Gunners, on the other hand, are crying out for a new midfield enforcer and a possible move to the Emirates is a deal which could benefit both parties to great extent.