Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has been quoted saying that Sami Khedira will not be leaving the club in the current transfer window, dealing a blow in Arsenal’s chase for a new holding midfield, Daily Mail reports.
He recently returned to training after he was given extra time off for his World Cup winning run in Brazil and looks set to fight for a place amongst a star-studded midfield.
Ancelotti said: “He’s not leaving, he’s a Real Madrid player. He has a contract until June 30, 2015 and that’s all there is to say.”
It was believed that Arsene Wenger was negotiating a potential £24 million move for the 27-year-old, but due to his high wage demands, advances talks fell through.
Khedira wanted £150,000-a-week wages, which would eventually make him the Gunners top earner with former team mate Mesut Ozil currently the highest paid player at the club with £140,000-a-week wages.
With only one year left on his contract, the La Liga giants are playing a risky game over his future because he has rejected new contract talks as they could easily lose him on a free transfer the following season.