This summer has been filled with speculation that Angel Di Maria and Sami Khedira are moving closer to a Real Madrid exit. Sky Sports amongst others have confirmed that both players now will both leave the Santiago Bernabéu,
Manager Carlo Ancelotti has said today in his press conference that: “Di Maria asked to go in the summer and has rejected an offer from the club, The player has to look for a solution.” It seems Di Maria, who has been heavily linked to Manchester United and PSG, is not satisfied with the situation at Madrid with new addition Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez push him down the pecking order.
Ancelotti also confirmed that Khedira have rejected a new contract offer: “It’s a different situation to Di Maria. He’s not asked to go. He’s rejected an offer to renew, but has a year of contract. We’ll see what happens.” It is believed Real Madrid will not be willing to miss out on a fee for the German international so will look to move him along with Di Maria before the window closes at the end of the month. Arsenal are one of the club that have been heavily linked with the defensive minded midfielder.
Di Maria, 26 years old, joined Real Madrid for €25m (plus €11 add ons) in June 2010 from Portuguese club Benfica. He has scored 22 goals in 124 La Liga appearances and the winger, who can play centrally, also has 52 caps for Argentina. Khedira meanwhile, joined Real Madrid from Bundesliga club Stuttgart in July 2010. He has played 91 times in La Liga and has 51 German caps.
Both Los Blancos men were regulars at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil but seem set to leave the Spanish capital. Perhaps we’ll see both of these players in the Premier League very soon!
By Gareth Thomas | August 21st, 2014