Spain’s premier radio network Cadena SER is reporting that Real Madrid have refused to renew the contract of midfielder Sami Khedira. The German international will be out of contract with the Spanish club in June 2015.
Khedira has been the subject of transfer speculation since last year when he failed to give Madrid officials a positive response following the club’s offer of a new contract. They did so despite the fact that at the time the German was dealing with a long term cruciate ligament injury. But the 27-year-old’s agent failed to give the club the answer it wanted to hear, and it now appears that Madrid have moved on.
According Cadena SER, the reasons for the Spanish club’s reluctance to enter into negotiations with the midfielder are the player’s refusal to accept a renewal offer last season, combined with Khedira’s “loss of importance in the Madrid dressing room”.
The German international was once a fixture in Real Madrid’s starting eleven under former manager Jose Mourinho. But the combination of his injury and the club’s wealth of attacking options (Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, James Rodriguez and Isco) have left Khedira on the outside looking in.
Many football experts believe that the German will see more playing time now that Luka Modric has been sidelined for three to four months. But there is also a growing belief that Carlo Ancelotti will choose to slot Isco in the midfield and opt to return Gareth Bale to the right side of Los Blancos’ attack.
Cadena SER reports that increased playing time will not effect the club’s decision regarding Khedira’s contract because the radio station believes Real Madrid already have a deal in place with another leading European club for a midfielder.
Speculation for weeks has been that the Spanish giants have a deal in place for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus.
The German club know that a number of teams are interested in the attacking midfielder, including their rivals Bayern Munich. But BVB official’s are refusing to allow another one of their players to leave Signal Iduna Park for the Allianz Arena.