Carlo Ancelotti Insists That Arsenal & Chelsea Transfer Target Will Not Be Sold In January

Real Madrid are still hopeful of keeping hold of Sami Khedira…

Real Madrid are determined to hang onto German midfielder Sami Khedira, who has less than a year left on his current contract, and is free to talk to other teams in January.

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Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that he will not sell the World Cup winner, despite interest from Premier League duo Arsenal and Chelsea, who have been keen on securing the player’s signature since last summer.

Reports on explain that Ancelotti will block any potential move in the new year, and will spend the following six months attempting to convince his player to remain at the club.

He said: “We still have until June to renew his contract. I think the club intends to renew the deal and if he does not want to then he will remain here until to the end of season.”

Manchester United are also interested in the 27-year-old, who has been forced down the midfield pecking order of the European champions, following the summer signing of Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich.

Khedira spent five months on the sidelines last season after tearing knee ligaments in November, but recovered in time to lift the World Cup with Germany this summer.

He joined Madrid from Bundesliga side Stuttgart in June 2010 for a fee in the region of €19 million and went on to become a key player under former boss Jose Mourinho.

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