Ancelotti shrugs off Khedira talk; names Everton star who is good ‘enough’

Date published: Monday 4th January 2021 2:05 - Jonny Whitfield

Sami Khedira

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has brushed off rumours that he could entertain a transfer for Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira in January.

Khedira did not earn a place in the Juve squad this season and so has expressed his desire to find a new club.

What’s more, after winning titles in Spain and Germany, he has revealed that he wants a Premier League move. In fact, he has already begun preparations to adjust himself to the English top flight’s physicality.

Everton and Tottenham are among the clubs linked with a swoop for Khedira. The 33-year-old worked with Ancelotti and Spurs boss Jose Mourinho while at Real Madrid.

However, Ancelotti has ruled out his side making a move. Indeed, he named one recent Toffees addition who still has more to offer at Goodison Park.

“Khedira at Everton? No, no. At the moment we have a competitive squad,” Ancelotti told Rai’s program Radio Anch’io Sport (via Sport Witness).

“We have important players out, like Allan, but they will recover very quickly.

“We made the investments in June [summer] and those are enough.”

Ancelotti added three midfielders to his ranks in the last transfer window. As well as Allan, Abdoulaye Doucure and James Rodriguez have bolstered the Italian’s squad.

Brazilian Allan and Colombian James made bright starts to their Everton careers. However, they have encountered injuries which have set their progress back.

Allan will return to action later this month, while Rodriguez made his comeback last weekend.

As for where Khedira will end up, that much remains unclear. However, he will likely not be short of suitors given his experience across Europe.

He has won LaLiga, the Bundesliga and the Serie A, as well as the World Cup with Germany in 2014. Indeed, he has earned 77 caps for his country.

Everton closing on star’s new contract

Meanwhile, reports elsewhere have claimed that Everton are close to handing Lucas Digne a new contract.

The left-back has proven to be a key player under Ancelotti, who wants to reward him for his efforts.

Talks between player and club are supposedly progressing well.

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