Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira has expressed his interest in playing for a Premier League club before he retires from professional football.
The 33-year-old, who won the World Cup with Germany in 2014, was linked with a move to West Ham in the Italian press earlier this week, while the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham and Everton have also been mentioned as possible destinations.
When asked about his ambitions for the future in an interview, Khedira said he would regret not playing in England if he does decide to retire soon:
“I am really happy and satisfied with my career until now but one thing is still missing because I always had this dream and it has never come true… to be a part of the Premier League. I have watched so many Premier League games since I was young [but] even now I am following the Premier League a lot.”
“I enjoyed always to play with my teams to play in the Champions League against the English clubs. The atmosphere, the style and idea of football has always impressed me. If it is possible it will for sure be a really big dream [come true] and honour to be a part of the Premier League.”
It is widely expected that Khedira will leave Juventus when his contract expires at the end of the season. He has not played a single minute of first-team football for Andrea Pirlo’s side this campaign and the Bianconeri are thought to be trying to offload him before he leaves on a free transfer.
With the German turning 34 in April, it’s unlikely that the Hammers would make a move for the midfielder, considering manager David Moyes has been focusing on signing younger players since his return to the London Stadium.