Not many German players make the voyage from playing in their homeland — or any other European country, for that matter — to Serie A. That's why so many people have one simple question for new Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira.
Well let's just let Sami himself explain why moving from Real Madrid to Juventus made so much sense to him.
"It hurts when people say I left Real Madrid because of money. I did not behave badly. Real Madrid presented me with an impressive contract and at the end of the day I could've still won a lot there. My decision to leave Real Madrid had nothing to do with money. I told my agent that I wanted a change, as I was tired, even though they were five fantastic years. After the World Cup I felt completely exhausted, above all mentally. Now I am back in shape and want to continue enjoying my football. Juve are a fantastic club with a great tradition, a wonderful present and a promising future. I am certain Juventus will have its say in Europe in future and I want to be part of that."
(Source: Football Italia)
If anything, this confirms that Juventus' success over the four years is truly making a difference on the transfer market. Khedira could have easily gone back to Germany or gotten a big-money contract over in the Premier League playing for any one of the four big teams in England. But, when it came down to it, Khedira chose the team that gives him the best chance to win both domestically and in Europe.
Even the presence of one of the best midfields in all of the European game didn't deter Khedira from signing with Juventus this summer.
Of course, we don't know that Juventus' midfield will look identical to the one that lost to Barcelona in the Champions League final last weekend. That's just the nature of the business as so many transfer rumors continue to surround a select few of Juventus' midfielders. And it's not like Khedira joined Juve just to sit on the bench more often than not and play in Coppa Italia games. He came to play, and play a good amount of the time, too.
It's going to be interesting to see how Max Allegri manages everything if the midfield stays the same as it is right now. Even if somebody leaves, it's not like Allegri will be short on quality options in the center of the park. Ah, depth is a beautiful thing.