Sami Khedira cannot see himself leaving Real Madrid this winter, saying he still feels he is wanted by the Spanish giants.
The Germany international was being linked with a move away from Madrid in the summer, but he says he never once considered moving, nor did he talk to any other club, and he does not plan on doing so in January either.
“Right now, I cannot see any reason why I would leave the club this winter,” he told Germany’s Kicker magazine. “Real Madrid is a great club to be at. This club has a place in my heart and there is absolutely no reason for me to say that I want to or have to leave. I get the feeling I am still wanted.”
The 27-year-old recovered from tearing his knee ligaments to play a part in Real Madrid’s 10th UEFA Champions League victory, although he took a brave decision not to feature in the FIFA World Cup™ final less than two months later when beset by another injury.
“I would make the same decision if I had to again,” Khedira said. “But the moment I realised that I could not play – that was by far the toughest and saddest moment of my career.”
It was a decision that, in spite of Germany’s victory over Argentina, took a while for Khedira to get over. “I had to fight with my body, my condition and with myself as a person,” Khedira said. “I was just really empty and drained. I needed a bit of time before I really recovered.”
Khedira made two brief appearances in Real’s first two games of the season before a muscular injury ruled him out for six weeks. He has since made two substitute appearances in La Liga, but was left out of Ancelotti’s squad for the win over Rayo Vallecano last weekend, raising doubts that he had a future at the club.