City linked with German ace

Last Updated: Sun, 03 Nov 2013 17:44

Manchester City are believed to be keen on Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira but they aren't the only club chasing his signature.

The German international's existing contract at Real is due to expire at the end of next season, and so far no talks have taken place about an extension.

A number of Premier League sides are known to be keeping tabs on the situation including Chelsea, who are managed by his former boss Jose Mourinho.

City chief Manuel Pellegrini may also have to see off competition from Manchester rivals United to land the powerful 26-year-old, but he is said to be ready to pull out all the stops to make sure he gets his man.

Khedira came to prominence after starring for his country at the 2010 World Cup which helped earn him a move to Real Madrid, having previously won the Bundesliga title in Germany with VFB Stuttgart.

He remains a regular in the Real team despite Carlo Ancelotti's arrival as Mourinho's successor, but only last month he has hinted that he may be keen on a switch away from the Spanish capital.

Khedira told Kicker: "I'm not a Spanish player, I did not cost a lot of money and I am one of [former manager Jose] Mourinho's disciples.

"I started the season on the bench or in the stands. Even if I play well, I am the scapegoat and so will not be properly valued."

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