Juventus new boy Sami Khedira has spoken of his disappointment at how his career at Real Madrid ended but insists they remain a “unique club”.
The midfielder joined the Old Lady on a Bosman free transfer last week following a campaign hampered by form and fitness issues, but he preferred to reflect on his five-year spell in the Spanish capital with fondness.
“It hurts me when people say [I joined Juve for money]. I can’t be blamed for acting unjustly,” he told Welt am Sonntag.
“Real Madrid offered me a huge contract, which could have seen me earn even more, but my decision to leave Real Madrid was not about money.
“At one point, I told my advisor Jorg Neubauer, who incidentally is Real Madrid’s biggest fan, that I wanted to change clubs.
“I was tired because it was extremely stressful at the end. However, I have to say that we had five fantastic years together.
“Real Madrid are an even-better club than they look from the outside. The club have a global brand that can hardly be described in words.
“Real Madrid are a magnet. No matter where you are, there will always be thousands of people supporting them.
“I experienced it first-hand. When I searched for a holiday destination, I would always think about going somewhere very far away.
“But it didn’t matter which remote corner of the world I was in, people always recognised me.
“They’re a unique club. The expectation of having to win everything at all costs was something I’d never experienced before.”