Schalke boss Roberto di Matteo has admitted he is interested in taking Real Madrid man Sami Khedira back to Germany but the club faces stiff competition for his signature.
The 28-year-old revealed this week that he will not be renewing his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu after a five-year stint in the Spanish capital. A host of injury problems have plagued the midfielder in the past two years and he has fallen down the pecking order at the club.
When revealing his decision to quit, Khedira said he was looking for a new challenge but hadn’t decided yet where that will be.
Speaking to Sport1, di Matteo, whose side came close to knocking Madrid out of the Champions League a couple of weeks ago, said he would be keen to take the player back to the Bundesliga.
“There is not a single coach in the world who would not want to have a player of his calibre in his team. The door is wide open for Khedira,” he said.
And he added: “However, I think he is spoilt for chance when it comes to picking his next destination. It will be very difficult to take him to Schalke.”
Premier League sides Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City have been rumoured to be monitoring his situation, while Fiorentina in Italy and Bayern Munich also remain keen.