Sami Khedira, former Real Madrid player who just announced his retirement at the age of 34, gave Jose Mourinho one of his great joys as a professional coach. On April 21, 2012, the German was in charge of opening the scoring in the Classic (1-2) against the Pep Guardiola’s Barça, after an indecision of Victor Valdes Y Carles Puyol, which led to the first triumph of the Portuguese coach in the Camp Nou in a match that rounded Cristiano Ronaldo in minute 73 and who decided The league in favor of meringues.
Interestingly a few months earlier, in September 2011, Mourinho blamed Khedira
from a backhand against Levante in the Ciutat de València, because of their expulsion in the first half. “They (Levante) know how to provoke, pretend, not give the ball, waste time, and that is also football. In my opinion, -the defeat- is the fault of a player of mine, who knew that this type of situation could occur and Khedira has fallen into the trap. He knew it and that is why I hold him responsible for the defeat, I have no problem saying it openly, but the referee is also to blame and our fault, mine and the players ”, the Portuguese remained.
The passage of Khedira for the meringue club he was marked by injuries, despite being endowed with a very powerful physique. In his last two seasons with him Real Madrid He only played 18 games in 2013-14 and 17 in 2014-15. On May 23, 2015, the German posted a photo on his social networks sitting in the dressing room of the Valdebebas Sports City with a public message to say goodbye to his teammates. “Valdebebas, for the last time. I’m leaving, but I’m going to miss my Real Madrid club, the entire coaching staff and my unbeatable teammates. Guys, it was a pleasure ”, wrote.
He arrived at Madrid after standing out at Stuttgart
Khedira arrived at Real Madrid in the 2010-11 season after South Africa World Cup -was pierced by the Sttutgart for 14 million euros – and left without anyone noticing his departure. Many accused him of leaving the Bernabeu for money, especially for not wanting to renew his contract.“It hurt me that they said that I went to Juventus for money. It is not true. I changed teams because I was tired. No one can accuse me of not being loyal. I always behaved correctly and professionally at Real Madrid, ”he commented in the German Sunday‘ Welt am Sonntag ’.
Still, Khedira recognized the greatness of the Real Madrid. “Wherever you go it will never be like Real Madrid. It’s universal. Even for the holidays I had to look for distant places and I did not care because wherever I went they knew me as a Real Madrid player, “he said.
Juventus recruited him in 2015 with the freedom letter, after refusing to renew for the meringues, and with the ‘bianconeri’ he achieved five leagues and three Italian Cups, in addition to scoring 21 goals and giving 13 assists in 145 official matches.
Son of a Tunisian father and a German mother
With the meringues, the team that played the most games as a professional footballer (161), the midfielder scored nine goals and also gave 13 goals. On his return to German football, Khedira, the son of a Tunisian father and a German mother, defended the colors of the Hertha Berlin, although he could only play eight games without achieving a single target.
As a member of the Germany national team, Khedira played 77 games (seven goals) and won the Brazil World Cup 2014Although he could not play the final against Argentina due to his everlasting physical problems. It did not happen of the warm-up.
At Real Madrid he won a Champions League, a League, two King’s Cups, a European Super Cup and another in Spain and two Club World Cups. In the end, what he said at the age of 17 in an interview for the ‘Stuttgarter Zeitung’ came true: “I don’t want anyone to see me as a loser”.