Germany midfielder Sami Khedira has all but confirmed he will remain with Real Madrid until next summer despite talk of a big-money move to England.
A number of top Premier League clubs are reported to be keen to lure Khedira away from the Bernabeu, but the 27-year-old says he will stay put for the time being even though he is not a regular starter for Real this season.
He told Kicker: “Right now I cannot see any reason why I would leave the club this winter. Real Madrid is a great club to be at.
“This club has a place in my heart and there is absolutely no reason for me to say that I want to or have to leave. I get the feeling I am still wanted.”
Khedira joined Real in the summer of 2010 from Stuttgart, but a catalogue of injury problems have restricted him to just 73 La Liga starts for the club to date.
The midfielder’s most recent injury setback came on the highest stage possible as he ruled himself out of the World Cup final against Argentina, having recovered from a serious knee ligament problem to help Real win a record 10th European Cup last season.
With Khedira among their ranks, Real are currently two points clear at the top of the Spanish top flight, with Barcelona in second and reigning champions Atletico Madrid fourth, a point behind third-placed Valencia.
Real are 1.46 to be crowned Spanish champions this season, with Barca 2.90 and Atletico 21.00.
Los Merengues have already won a record 32 Spanish titles, with Barca their nearest challengers on 22.