Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira has confirmed that Manchester United failed in a bid to bring him to Old Trafford on a hectic deadline day.
United eventually secured Marouane Fellani’s services for £27.5 million yesterday but also failed in bids for Khedira’s team-mate Fabio Coentrao as well as Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera.
Reports yesterday suggested that the dynamic German international was the subject of a late €40m bid from the club and in a press conference ahead of Germany’s international commitments, Khedira confirmed that Madrid had turned the offer down.
“The club turned down the offer and that was it,” he said.
“We didn’t really have the chance to discuss it. I had a longer chat with Carlo Ancelotti a few weeks ago and it was relatively clear to me that I’d stay at Real.
Madrid purchased Asier Illaramendi this summer for over £25 million with Xabi Alonso and Luka Modric also remaining at the club, so many expected Khedira’s place to come under threat at the Bernabeu as Madrid also invested heavily in Gareth Bale and Isco over the summer.
This could have prompted the bid from United with the 24-year-old seen as exactly the type of player who has the correct playing style to revitalize the club’s ailing engine room but Khedira has insisted he is pleased with Madrid rejecting a late offer from the Reds.
He added: “We (players) don’t have any influence in the high transfer fees. Real refused the offer of Manchester United and I’m happy with that.”