Sami Khedira has finally confirmed that he will be leaving Real Madrid at the end of this season when his five-year contract comes to an end.
The German international did not reveal where he will be playing his football next year although he has been strongly linked with Schalke, whose President Clemens Tonnies admitted this week that there has been contact with the player.
“I want to explore new challenges in my career and continue to grow as a player,” the 27-year-old told German magazine Kicker.
“I don’t have an agreement with any club at the moment nor any preferences as to whom I would like to join.
“For me, being at Madrid was a magnificent moment in my life and I played in a magnificent team.
“I will do everything I can to continue helping them during the coming weeks,” he pledged.
Bundesliga giants Schalke are not the only club to be interested in Khedira as Chelsea and Arsenal are also understood to be considering trying to lure him to the Premier League.