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Juventus Completes Khedira’s Deal

Posted: Jun 10, 2015 at 12:11 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Juventus has signed Germany midfielder Sami Khedira from Real Madrid on a free transfer, the Italian champions announced on Tuesday.

Khedira, 28, has agreed a four-year contract with the Champions League runners-up and will join the Turin club on July 1.

He leaves Madrid after a five-year career there that saw him win La Liga once, the Copa del Rey twice and the Champions League last year.

Khedira also has 54 caps for Germany, scoring five goals, and featured prominently in its run to World Cup victory last summer. Although he missed the final after getting injured in the warm-up.

Juventus’ official club website said of the player: ‘Khedira, who is normally deployed in front of the defence as a ball-winning midfielder, is able to cover a lot of ground while also possessing excellent passing and shooting ability, and great vision of the game.

‘Bianconeri boss Massimiliano Allegri is set to add a player of class, quality and international experience to his ranks, ready to enrich one of the strongest midfields in world football.’

After joining Real from VfB Stuttgart in 2010, Khedira had a reasonably successful five-year stint with the La Liga club but fell out of favour after talks on a contract extension failed.

He barely featured since the turn of the year, with Real citing a series of minor injuries as the reason for his absence, but Khedira said the club had decided he was no longer wanted.

‘I’ve always felt that I’ve had the coach’s backing, but the message indirectly came through to me that I was no longer needed, I was frozen out and wouldn’t have a chance to continue playing,’ he told Marca.

‘It hurts that I’m accused of a lack of professionalism because I’ve always put the team ahead of myself.. I’ve always gone with the truth.’

Khedira’s move to Juve could facilitate the exit of its France midfielder Paul Pogba, who is reportedly a target for clubs including Real, European champions Barcelona and several English teams as well as Paris St Germain.