When Sami Khedira lifted the Champions League trophy back in May with Real Madrid, he probably thought it couldn’t get any bigger than that. The 10th Champions League trophy with the biggest club in football. But now he has the chance to become just the 10th man ever to win the Champions League and World Cup in the same season.
The 26-year-old will line up against Argentina, who will be without the another Los Blancos player – Angel di Maria – through injury. Despite the presence of Leo Messi in their ranks, Argentina haven’t really fired on all cylinders this tournament, while the Germans set out their intentions in brutal fashion on Tuesday night by destroying hosts Brazil 7-1.
In Real Madrid news, Carlo Ancelotti has arrived back in Madrid after his holidays – and wedding – and will take his first pre-season session tomorrow morning. Players who haven’t been involved in the World Cup will report for training, such as Diego Lopez, Isco, Alvaro Arbeloa and Daniel Carvajal. The following Monday will see more of the stars return and head to the USA including Cristiano Ronaldo.
There’s more talk of James Rodriguez again today after the Monaco man admitted in an interview that he would “sign for Real Madrid with his eyes closed”. No offer has been made though and Los Blancos are keen to finalise the signing of Toni Kroos before moving onto other targets.