Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira has revealed that he is completing extra preparations should he earn a move to the Premier League next month.
The 33-year-old has not played this season after he did not earn a place in Juve’s squad.
As such, he has previously insisted that he will look for a new club during the January transfer window. Indeed, he has entertained links with Tottenham due to his relationship with Jose Mourinho.
The pair worked together while at Real Madrid, where Khedira also worked with now-Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti.
Khedira has previously said that the English top flight would be his dream next destination. Speaking more recently to The Athletic, though, the 77-time Germany international revealed preparations for a move there.
“The Premier League is still missing in my collection, to play there would be the icing on the cake,” he said.
“There are fewer breaks in the game and many counter-attacks, but this is what I like. I’ve done extra sessions with fitness coaches to get myself ready for the pace and intensity in the Premier League.
“My gut instinct and passion tell me I need to play football, if possible in the Premier League. I’m working towards that.”
Previous reports have suggested that Khedira has arranged a trip to England to explore his options.
Asked if he still keeps in touch with Ancelotti, he said: “We’ve kept in contact over the years. He and Jose are both amazing personalities from whom I’ve learned so much, about the game and about myself.
“They’re both at clubs that play an important role in the league. So let’s see what happens.”
Khedira talks ‘unusual’ Juve experience
Khedira’s snub from the Juve squad has forced him to adapt to what he called an “unusual” situation.
Indeed, the midfielder has enjoyed an illustrious career, winning the World Cup, the Champions League and LaLiga among other silverware.
“It’s unusual for me, and I’m not satisfied,” he added. “I’m a competitive guy, I want to play. But in the meantime, I’ve adjusted to the situation and try to make the most of it. I’m part of match-day preparation and video analysis.
“My influence is still there. I see myself as a bit of a mentor for the younger players. I’m keeping my energy levels and motivation high. But at the end of the day, I want to be on the pitch and fight for points.
“That’s why I’m trying to change the situation or leave Turin to do what I enjoy most: playing football.”
Khedira, who joined Juventus in 2015 from Madrid, has made 145 appearances for his Italian employers.