Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira is hoping to show the Real Madrid fans his true worth when he lines up against his former employers in the Champions League final.
The Germany international spent five successful seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu, where he won Europe’s elite club competition three years ago – the famous La Decima.
Juve came calling in 2015 after his contract ran out in the Spanish capital, and Khedira hasn’t looked back as he went on to become a key member for Massimiliano Allegri’s side.
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The 30-year-old’s career at Real was hampered by injuries, and despite having helped them win a first La Liga title in four seasons back in 2012, he feels his efforts weren’t appreciated by Los Blancos supporters.
“In Madrid, I was appreciated by my coaches and 100 per cent fair, but I did not have this recognition in public,” the World Cup winner told Kicker.
“If I did 10 good games, that was self-evident. If the 11th was not so good, it was asked whether or not I was good enough for the club.”
Khedira picked up his second successive Serie A winners’ medal with the Bianconeri this term, and they are chasing the treble after also winning the Coppa Italia.