Real Madrid – La Liga Both their careers hang on a thread
Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira were two pivotal players for Real Madrid not long ago, but after failed adventures after their time in the Spanish capital, their careers now hang by a thread.
Ozil was a key part of Real Madrid’s record LaLiga Santander points tally in 2011/12 under Jose Mourinho while Khedira saw the start of the glorious period in which Los Blancos won four Champions Leagues in five years.
After Madrid, the former went to Arsenal and the latter went to Juventus, both big clubs in their own right, yet the moves never really worked out.
Ozil left in controversial fashion in 2013, leaving for the Gunners where Arsene Wenger promised to build a team around him and the 50 million euros proved too good to turn down for Los Blancos.
He had an excellent start, making 77 assists compared the 80 he provided in Madrid, but in almost 100 games fewer.
However, his fortunes began to decline with the arrival of Unai Emery, who took over from Wenger, and that continued under Mikel Arteta, who froze him out the team in 2020/21.
Now, he is set for a move to Turkey, with Fenerbahce, ending a nightmare last few years in London.
Khedira was never regarded as an elite player like Ozil was, but always a consistent performer after arriving at Madrid in 2010 with Ozil for 10 million euros.
His best season was in 2013/14 when he played 44 games under Mourinho, but is probably best remembered for his goal at the Camp Nou in 2011/12.
He moved to Juventus on a free transfer in 2015 but, after Maurizio Sarri‘s arrival in 2018/19, he was deemed surplus to requirements.
He’s been without a club last summer and is now intent on a Premier League move.