With Luka Modrić out of the team for no less than five weeks (although many sources claim he will not be ready before mid-February), Ancelotti needs to re-build his midfield for the upcoming games. As he has confirmed, his first option is Isco Alarcón, although for sure Khedira and Illarramendi were going to have a chance as well. However, more news about Sami's contractual situation have been released lately by some media and, in case they were true, these could encourage Ancelotti to leave him on the bench or, even, on the stands.
José Ramón de la Morena, the conductor of the Cadena Ser's show El Larguero, is the main source everyone is quoting right now. Last night, he started his program stating that Khedira has already signed a pre-contract with Bayern Munich to join them on July 1st. As de la Morena claims, the German team has offered him a bigger wage than the one he asked Real Madrid for last season, when he was injured and received an extension offer from Florentino Pérez.
However, Miguel Gutiérrez, a Spanish journalist with a great insight in German football (whom we hosted last season in a podcast episode previewing the UEFA Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund), tends to deny De la Morena's claims. According to his information, Sami Khedira has not signed any pre-contract with Bayern Munich.
As I see it, Sami is a great asset in our roster. Perhaps he is not made for this possession-oriented style Real Madrid has recently built, but he is, definitely, an extraordinary box-to-box midfielder that can be of great value in complicated circumstances. If he were to leave the team, finding a good replacement should be Florentino Pérez's top priority in the summer transfer period. Paul Pogba is the name that naturally rings the bell, but I believe this operation would not be feasible, since the man to come would likely be relegated to the bench, just like Sami is right now. Blaise Matuidi could be an easier option I would definitely root for.
Which other names come to your mind? Would you just try everything to try to keep Khedira?