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Last season Sami Khedira only managed to make 13 league appearances for Real Madrid and now with the arrival of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos to the club, it doesn’t look like the German midfielder will be playing an influential role for Real Madrid anytime soon. This sparked a series of rumors which were stating that Khedira was going to be leaving the Santiago Bernabeu during this summer transfer window but Carlo Ancelotti stepped up and shut down those claims.
Carlo Ancelotti told the press: “Khedira is happy here and he is staying. The matter is resolved and he stays at Real Madrid.”
Arsene Wenger was interested in signing the experienced midfielder and it was believed at one point in time that Arsenal was preparing an offer of around €16 million in order to sign Khedira but Ancelotti denied that the player has any interest in leaving.
If indeed Khedira does remain in Spain performing with Real Madrid, his chances of performing in the starting lineup of Carlo Ancelotti are extremely limited and not likely. The first match of the season for the team of Ancelotti saw Real Madrid defeating the recently promoted club Cordoba with a 2-0 victory and Khedira played for 14 minutes.
The opening match of the season witnessed Ancelotti utilizing a 4-2-3-1 formation with Kroos and Modric performing the role as defensive midfielders of the squad and this is the usual position of Khedira but he will not be a starter of the club unless either Kroos or Modric get injured or are unavailable to play.
Will Sami Khedira be truly satisfied playing nothing more than a substitute role in Real Madrid for another season? At his 27 years of age, he can still play at the highest level for an entire match and turn into a reliable figures for top clubs around the world but the German midfielder decides to remain in a club where he is barely able to play for more than a few minutes in a few matches.
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Thomas Vermaelen became the first Arsenal captain to lift a major title in the last nine years. This was despite the Belgian international not playing much football in recent seasons. The centre back partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny has been preferred by Arsenal winger this season. This coupled with his contract situation meant that Vermaelen has been heavily linked with a move away from the club in recent months. He did extremely well to put speculation out of his career and lift the FA Cup after a 3-2 win over Hull city.
Despite this victory, the 27-year-old’s future at the club is still in doubt and he has been linked with clubs in Spain and Italy. This is primarily to protect his interests with the national team. Owing to intense competition, his place in the Belgian national team is under threat. However, he appears to be heading to the World Cup 2014 as one of the perfect players for the national team. Vermaelen says that he is just concentrating on the task ahead – to get Belgium to the latter stages of the competition.
Vermaelen is likely to partner Vincent Kompany at the back for Belgium, who are regarded as the most talented squad outside the usual favourites like Brazil and Spain.
“I’ve a lot of experience of sitting on the bench then coming back so I’m not worried about being match fit. There is still plenty of preparation time for the World Cup and I will have the chance to play in a few friendly games before the tournament starts. A lot of people are talking about this Belgian team and wondering how we will do in Brazil. We are stepping into unknown territory. Only one player in our squad has experience of it,” said Vermaelen ahead of the World Cup.