In a surprise announcement on Wednesday, Juventus made official a two-year extension, with an optional third one, for Sami Khedira, whose contract was set to expire at the end of the season. The new deal runs through 2021. There was not much buzz about this renewal, but the management and the players worked it out during the international player and the Old Lady, after Miralem Pjanic, locked up another midfielder.
Khedira joined on a free transfer from Real Madrid three seasons ago and from that moment on he has played the most minutes in his position (8882 in every competition). Despite the arrival of Emre Can, he has been able to hold onto the starting job and that should continue to be the case for as long as Massimiliano Allegri sticks with a three-man midfield. As his goal tallies show, he is a menace in that system, which he and Blaise Matuidi make pretty efficient offensively with their sneaky cuts in the box. On the other hand, he is likely to lose some playing time when 4-2-3-1 will be chosen because the team has always had some defensive issues when he and Miralem Pjanic are the only ones manning the midfield.
Khedira has often been criticized by Juventus fans for his lacklustre and low-energy performances, but the coach has always been a strong supporter and also recently vehemently underlined his importance in the game plan. The German world champion has a 86% pass completion rate, has collected 13 assists and more importantly has scored 20 goals so far. He is coming off his best year on that front, as he netted nine in 2017/2018, including his first-ever hat-trick. He picked up where he left off since he buried Juventus’ first goal of the season two minutes into the opening game against Chievo.
Khedira won three Scudetti, three Coppa Italia and one Supercoppa Italiana in his time in Turin, collecting 113 appearances in total. In Italy, he added to his already impressive resume, which includes a German title with Stuttgart, a Spanish one, two Spanish Cup, one Champions League, one UEFA Super Cup and one Club’s World Cup with Real Madrid.
The midfielder took to Twitter to comment on his extension: “I am pleased to announce that I prolonged my contract with Juventus through 2021. I am very proud for being part of Juventus’ rich history and family. Let’s continue to write it.”
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