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Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira has suggested that he could be open to a Premier League switch in January, with Tottenham and Everton having both been linked with his services ahead of next month’s transfer window. The 33-year-old has not featured at all for the Serie A outfit this season and could be on the move before long with his current contract set to expire at the end of the campaign.
It remains to be seen whether the Old Lady will allow Khedira to negotiate a free transfer with a foreign club ahead of next season or try to sell him in order to receive a fee.
The World Cup-winning midfielder has revealed that a move to England’s top flight would be his preference, with his Juventus career seemingly at a dead end.
“The Premier League is still missing in my collection, to play there would be the icing on the cake,” he told The Athletic.
“There are fewer breaks in the game and many counter-attacks, but this is what I like. I’ve done a lot of extra sessions with fitness coaches to get myself ready for a higher pace and intensity. I’ve done extra sessions with fitness coaches to get myself ready for the pace and intensity in the Premier League.
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“My gut instinct and passion tell me I need to play football, if possible in the Premier League. I’m working towards that.”
Rumours have suggested that Khedira could be in line to reunite with former boss Jose Mourinho at Tottenham in the near future.
The 33-year-old lifted the lid on a number of text messages that Mourinho sent him after the 2010 World Cup, asking him to join his club at the time, Real Madrid.
“He wrote that I had played a great tournament, that he had been watching me for a while and asked if I could see myself playing for him,” Khedira recalled.
“What kind of question is that? Jose Mourinho, treble-winner with Inter, the world’s best coach, is interested in me, Sami Khedira, a midfielder playing for VfB Stuttgart? I knew I was good but I was almost a bit embarrassed by him and super nervous.”
The Juventus veteran is also close with Mourinho’s successor at the Bernabeu, Carlo Ancelotti, who is currently leading Everton in their fight for a top-four finish.
“We’ve kept in contact over the years. Him and Jose are both amazing personalities from whom I’ve learned so much, about the game and about myself,” Khedira added.
“They’re both at clubs that play an important role in the league, so let’s see what happens.”
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