Arsenal and Chelsea on alert: Khedira confirms Real Madrid exit

Sami Khedira has announced to 'Kicker' he will be leaving Real Madrid in the summer.

Currently on duty with the German national team, amidst speculation surrounding his future, midfielder Sami Khedira has confirmed he will be leaving Real Madrid at the end of his contract this coming June.

In comments to German sports portal Kicker, Khedira declared: "It's nothing against Real, but I just want a new challenge and to keep improving myself."

Whilst there have been suggestions FC Schalke 04 and Bayern Munich are keen to bring Khedira back to his home country, there's also been strong interest from Arsenal and Chelsea, who may cross paths in trying to lure the 27-year-old to the Premier League.

Working previously with Jose Mourinho, Khedira was a firm choice in midfield for Real Madrid, however, it might be difficult for the German to break into the current Chelsea midfield, given the form of Matic and Fabregas.

Arsenal have shown arguably the strongest pretensions of moving for Khedira over the last twelve months, plus if the Gunners are serious about a move this summer, the player would get to feature alongside national team colleague Mesut Ozil once more.

Wherever this "new challenge" will be for Khedira, with so many options to choose from, despite some rumours suggesting he'd already agreed terms with Schalke, he made it perfectly clear that as yet: "There is no agreement with anyone yet and I have no leaning towards anyone. There's absolutely nothing."

Finally, Khedira offered a positive outlook on the five years he's spent at the Bernabéu, concluding: "I've had a magnificent time with a magnificent team." He also underlined: "I'll do everything I can to keep helping the team over the coming weeks."

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