Khedira: I'm the Madrid 'scapegoat'
Sami Khedira says he is unhappy at always being used as ‘scapegoat’ when Real Madrid do not play well.
Khedira joined Madrid from Stuttgart in the summer of 2010, but in his three and a bit seasons at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, has been regularly criticised by both journalists and fans in the Spanish capital.
However, he always worked his way into the team under former coach Jose Mourinho, and has done so again in recent weeks as new coach Carlo Ancelotti tries to add ‘balance’ to his misfiring side.
But Khedira has often linked with a move elsewhere - with Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain among the potential suitors for a player who has been a regular for Germany since before the 2010 World Cup.
The 26 year old told Kicker, in quotes picked up AS, that he felt he never really gets a fair shake of the stick from the Spanish media.
"I feel badly treated by the Spanish press,” Khedira said. “I am never among their favourites. I began the season on the bench, and again I am the scapegoat. I am not valued, even when my performances are good. I am not Spanish, I did not cost a lot, and I am a disciple of Mourinho.”
Khedira also said that the current season had not started well at all, with the team struggling for cohesion under Ancelotti.
“We are not playing well,” he said. “We can have some good moments, but most of the time we are playing too complicated, too individual. I do not know if it just a question of time or something more, but we have still not found ourselves as a team.”
Los Blancos, who are already five points behind co-leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, need to turn things around sharpish, Khedira said.
"We must improve quickly,” he said. “Barca are playing very consistently, and Atletico have won all their games up until now.”
Khedira again pointed out that the surprise €50 million sale of his good friend and international teammate Mesut Ozil to Arsenal just before the end of last summer’s transfer window had affected Madrid.
"The loss of a player of the quality of Mesut would weaken any team,” Khedira said.