In an expected move which was just waiting to become official, Sami Khedira has joined Juventus on a four-year deal until June 2019 on a free transfer.
Khedira had already said his goodbyes via an Instagram post a few weeks back. And today, it became a done deal. However, Real Madrid are yet to publicly make it official even though the Turin based club has.
The official statement on Juventus’ website reads:
Juventus Football Club has today completed the signing of Sami Khedira.
The 28-year-old, who will officially join from Real Madrid on a free transfer on 1 July 2015, has agreed terms on a four-year contract which expires on 30 June 2019.
Born in Stuttgart, Khedira progressed through the youth sector of his local side before making his professional debut in a Bundesliga encounter against Hertha Berlin on 1 October 2006.
Following four seasons and a championship winners’ medal, the midfielder left for Real Madrid in the summer of 2010, a club with whom he would go on to achieve success in La Liga, the Copa del Rey (twice), the Supercopa de Espana, the UEFA Super Cup, the Champions League and the Club World Cup.
On the international scene, he captained Germany Under-21s to European Championship glory in 2009 before also being part of the Die Mannschaft squad which won the World Cup at last year’s tournament in Brazil.
Khedira, who is normally deployed in front of the defence as a ball-winning midfielder, is able to cover a lot of ground while also possessing excellent passing and shooting ability, and great vision of the game.
Bianconeri boss Massimiliano Allegri is set to add a player of class, quality and international experience to his ranks, ready to enrich one of the strongest midfields in world football.
While Khedira performed effortlessly under Jose Mourinho, his efforts and performances dipped considerably over the past two seasons. This also reflected in his desire to move out of the club.
That lackluster attitude and performance also ensured he played only 17 games for the club with a total of 628 minutes.
However, his problems can’t be reduced to just attitude but also to recurring injuries which affected his performance and chance to maintain a place in the team.
After arriving at Real Madrid in 2010, he played 161 games and scored nine goals.