Arsenal transfer news: Sami Khedira will stay at Real Madrid, insists Carlo Ancelotti
Arsenal suffer a set-back in the transfer market ahead of the deadline
Sunday 24 August 2014
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has appeared to call an end to Arsenal's pursuit of Sami Khedira after announcing that the German international wishes to stay at the Santiago Bernabéu.
Khedira has just one year remaining on his contract with the La Liga giants and has attracted interest from Manchester United and Bayern Munich as well as Arsene Wenger's Gunners.
The FA Cup holders had hoped to complete a deal before the end of the transfer window, despite the £200,000-a-week wages being a stumbling block, but are now looking elsewhere after the 27-year-old opted to remain in Spain.
"Khedira is happy here and he is staying," Ancelotti told the press. "The matter is resolved and he stays at Real Madrid."
German newspaper Bild reported last week that Khedira had asked to leave Madrid after the Champions League winners invested around £100m to sign both James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos.
Video: The latest transfer news
Wenger, on the other hand, must now switch to other targets if he is to find the defensive midfielder he has sought all summer.
One option is using Jack Wilshere in the role, but the England international has come under scrutiny for a series of poor displays and off-field problems.
Latest in Sport
Arsenal team news: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fails late fitness test as Harry Redknapp makes five changes for QPR
Manchester United vs Newcastle match report: Brilliant Wayne Rooney scores twice to fire up United's unlikely title challenge
Arsenal vs QPR player ratings: Could anyone outshine new Gunners hero Alexis Sanchez and who was worse than villain Olivier Giroud?
Manchester United 3 Newcastle 1: 'I'm playing like Paul Scholes,' says Wayne Rooney
Sports Quiz of the Year 2014: The Questions
- 2 Exclusive: Abusers using spyware apps to monitor partners reaches 'epidemic proportions'
- 3 Andy Murray takes to Twitter to show off his Christmas jumper
- 5 Top 10 travel destinations for 2015: From Haiti and Alaska to Namibia and Iceland
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Katie Hopkins speaks out on childhood obesity: 'Parents of fat children should be prosecuted for child cruelty'