Sami Khedira has admitted in an interview with ZDF that he has had contact with both Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho and Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti – amid reports he could leave Juventus in January.
Andrea Pirlo has ostracised 33-year-old Khedira this season, after some long-term injuries and knee surgery last season. He has managed just one appearance in 2020 for Juventus, which came in the form of a sub appearance in the Cup against Milan.
The 77-time Germany international is out of contract at the end of the current season and it looks clear that he will leave the Italian champions. The likes of Adrien Rabiot, Arthur, Weston McKennie and Rodrigo Bentancur are ahead in the pecking order.
The £104,000-a-week midfielder (Football Italia) has claimed in an interview that he has spoken to both Mourinho and Ancelotti – both of whom he worked under during his five-year stint at Real Madrid. Khedira has confirmed talks.
“There was no offer to terminate the contract. There was no talk of financial issues,” Khedira said. “If the opportunity arises to move to the Premier League, that’s an option. There are talks and an exchange.
“We never lost touch after our time together at Real Madrid. If you can’t do that on the pitch in games, you can do it in training and off the pitch. When I go, I want Juve and their fans to remember me as a great player. The best reservist they’ve seen.”
TBR’s view – Which club would suit Khedira most?
Tottenham brought in Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the summer from Southampton, and he has gained the reputation as one of the best signings of the 2020 summer. Moussa Sissoko and the Dane have formed an excellent partnership in the middle of the park.
At Everton, they have also been busy in the summer – bringing in Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure. Both sides have cover, Harry Winks and Eric Dier can play in holding midfield, while Fabian Delph and Tom Davies act as cover at Goodison Park.
On paper, neither side need Khedira but if one was to go for him, it would make more sense for Spurs to do so – given he is more of a Mourinho-type player, and the north Londoners need more cover given their Europa League exploits.