Sami Khedira expresses hurt after being frozen out at Real Madrid
Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira has said that he was frozen out of the squad and was dropped from the team even after he had recovered from injury. The German World Cup winner will be leaving the club after his contract expires at the end of the season.
Khedira has not played for Real since the start of the new year. The club said that the 28-year-olds absence from the team was due to a few niggling injuries he was carrying. But the 28-year-old reportedly told Spanish newspaper Marca that the real reason for his omission was that he was no longer required at the Bernabeu.
“I did have a small injury, a pain in my right heel, but that wasn't why I wasn't playing, It wasn't a complicated injury, I was able to play,” he said. “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”.
It looks like Khedira has played his last match for Real Madrid as he has not been included in Real’s squad for their final match against Getafe.
“It's not the end that I wanted. 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.”
The midfielder did not hide the hurt he felt by the cold treatment he received at the club.
"Nobody from the club said anything to me directly," he said. "It's all feelings, incidents and comments saying I wouldn't play anymore. But nobody approached me.”
It is reported that Juventus, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal are all interested in signing him as he will be available for free. "What has happened this season has hurt me to the bottom of my soul," the German said.