September 29th, 2014 by Liam
Italy have been boosted by the news that midfielder Andrea Pirlo will continue to play for the national team amid speculation that he was set to retire in order to focus on his club career. The 35-year-old has been the most important player for Italy in the last decade, as he has often been the creator of many things good in a team that has lacked quality up front since the retirement of Alessandro del Piero. Even though Italy were knocked out of the group stages in the World Cup 2014, Pirlo was one of the better players.
After recently bringing in Juventus manager Antonio Conte to replace Cesare Prandelli, Italy appear to have convinced Pirlo to stay on playing at the national team level. Conte has worked closely with Pirlo in the last three years, as the brilliance of the former AC Milan man has largely been responsible for Juventus winning three successive league titles. Pirlo is already one of the legends at the international fold after having made 112 appearances for the national team. He sits fourth in the list of all-time most appearance makers for the four-time World Cup winners. It remains to be seen if new Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri will be happy with this decision.
“I have been talking with (new Italy coach Antonio) Conte who asked me if I was ready to play again for the Azzurri and I told him that I was. It was a difficult decision to take. I had wanted to stop playing for the national side but he (Conte) took over and he asked me to lend a hand. I am happy to do that and we are hopeful we can achieve great things together,” said Pirlo, whose job now will be to get Italy to the Euro 2016. Conte began his regime with a 2-0 win over Netherlands in a friendly.
August 20th, 2014 by Liam
Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez are widely believed to be the trio of midfielders that Carlo Ancelotti will use in the next season of the Spanish League. Ancelotti is expected to utilize the 4-3-3 formation with Modric, Kroos and Rodriguez being the midfielders for the team while the attacking department will be filled by: C.Ronaldo, Benzema and Bale.
This leaves no place for Sami Khedira in the squad of Carlo Ancelotti. The German midfielder has been losing his starting place in Real Madrid since last season when he only managed to make 13 league appearances and things will only be tougher for him taking into consideration that all of the major signings that Real Madrid has completed are mainly midfielders.
Khedira was left out of the UEFA Super Cup match against Sevilla which was played a few days ago and the German midfielder is well aware that his time at the Santiago Bernabeu is reaching its end, unless of course he would be satisfied with having a spot in the sidelines of the team and only playing a role as a back-up option. He still has a contract with Real Madrid which expires in the next season but it will be up to him if he wants to remain in the Spanish club playing a role as a substitute player.
Arsenal and Chelsea are both interested in signing Sami Khedira but it seems highly doubtful if any of the English clubs would be willing to accept his fairly high salary of €3 million each season.
After everything is said and done, a transfer of Khedira away from Real Madrid will ultimately depend on the player himself if he wants to stay on the sidelines of the club and still earn his salary without playing for the majority of the matches or if the German wants to play in a club where his chances of performing in the main squad are guaranteed.
July 8th, 2014 by admin
Sami Khedira has one year remaining in his contract with Real Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti is believed to not include the German midfielder in his plans for the upcoming season, as the club has replacements available in the club. This has attracted the attention of Chelsea who is one of the latest clubs on displaying interest in the 27 year old defensive midfielder.
Carlo Ancelotti is already working hard trying to sign Toni Kroos with a price tag of €25 million and the Spanish club is also setting their eyes on Luis Gustavo from Wolfsburg who plays in the same position as Khedira.
Louis van Gaal is also considering on signing Sami Khedira as he can pair up with some of Manchester United’s latest signings such as Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw. The Dutch manager is prepared on spending big bucks in order to improve his squad for the next season as supporters of the club at Old Trafford want to avoid going through another disastrous campaign and signing an experienced player such as Sami Khedira can help the club on avoiding that.
Even though Sami Khedira is mostly just playing a substitute role in the 2014 World Cup, he still remains being a player that is only focusing on representing his nation at the international stage and he is not focusing or even thinking about what will happen with his club once the worldwide event concludes.
Once the World Cup finishes, it will be relatively easier for the German midfielder to decide on his future with Real Madrid or any other club that is willing to pay around €20-€40 million and sign him.
June 23rd, 2014 by admin
Arsenal is considering making a transfer swoop for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira.
The Gunners are targeting the German international midfielder to bolster their central midfield options after Mikel Arteta failed to convince the club about his long term form with some inconsistent performances last season.
Chelsea is also reportedly in the running for the signature of the German midfield general with Jose Mourinho looking at the player for as an ideal replacement for the departing Frank Lampard. Mourinho is a huge fan of the Algerian born German international and wanted to sign him for Chelsea last season when he returned to the club from Real Madrid.
The likes of Fiorentina are also interested in the services of the 27 year old, who spent the majority of last season on the treatment table after suffering a horrific injury. Real Madrid has been linked with several midfield signings including Marco Veratti from Paris Saint Germain, Ramires from Chelsea and Paul Pogba from Juventus and that leaves the future of Sami Khedira in serious doubt.
And this could open the door for a move to Arsenal and with several German internationals already in the side, Arsene Wenger could hope for a transfer coup just like he managed with Mesut Ozil last summer.
Khedira is currently in Brazil with the German squad for the World Cup and any move for the player would have to wait till the end of the showpiece event.
The FA Cup holders have long been criticized for not signing a seasoned defensive midfielder of world class caliber and it now seems that Arsene Wenger is ready to make amends and offer Real Madrid £ 16 million plus add-ons for Sami Khedira.
Khedira joined Real from VfB Stuttgart after impressing for the German side in the World Cup in 2010.
May 19th, 2014 by admin
Real Madrid have been boosted by the news that midfielder Sami Khedira could be back in action for the weekend’s match against Celta de Vigo. Madrid will be taking on their Spanish opponents in the league looking to keep their slim title hopes alive. The 1-1 draw with Real Valladolid has put Atletico Madrid and Barcelona as the favourites for the title with just two matches remaining in the season. Madrid have to hope for an astonishing set of results in order to retain the title. As result, they are set to shift their focus towards the Champions League.
They have reached the final of the competition. However, they have had to pay a high price for this qualification since Xabi Alonso is suspended for the final against Atletico. He is one of the few defensive midfielders in the team. Due to his absence, Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has to come up with different ways to prevent Atletico from scoring against them in the final. He has been boosted by the news that Khedira, who has been a top player for them since the move in 2009, has been missing for the last few months due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
His return is not only a boost for Madrid but also for the German national team as well.
“Arbeloa and Khedira are available and I will decide what to do with them later. I need to see whether they will start or whether it would be better to bring them on in the second half, when there is less intensity in the match. They will definitely play. Khedira is very confident and really wants to play. Arbeloa has worked very hard and with incredible professionalism,” said Ancelotti. Madrid will be without Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo for this match.