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Di Matteo: Schalke face stiff competition for Khedira

The Bundesliga outfit are keen to lure the German midfielder back to the Bundesliga but their coach admits the Real Madrid man “is spoilt for choice” over a move

Roberto Di Matteo has admitted Schalke could miss out on the capture of Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira due to the stiff competition for the Germany international’s signature.

The 27-year-old has an expiring contract at the Santiago Bernabeu side and he confirmed earlier this week that he will not extend his stay in the Spanish capital.

Schalke are believed to be sitting in pole position to lure him back to the Bundesliga but, with Arsenal, Manchester United and Bayern Munich having been linked with him in the past, Di Matteo accepts they face a fight to sign him.

“There is not a single coach in the world who would not want to have a player of his calibre in his team,” Di Matteo told Sport1.

“The door is wide open for Khedira.

“However, I think he is spoilt for chance when it comes to picking his next destination. It will be very difficult to take him to Schalke.”

Khedira joined Madrid from Stuttgart in the summer of 2010 and has since made over over 150 official appearances for the Bernabeu outfit, winning La Liga in 2011-12 and the Champions League in 2013-14.

Bale would be perfect for Manchester United, says Scholes

The ex-Red Devils midfielder has claimed that the Welshman would be a “natural fit” for his former club as the winger continues to be linked with a move back to England


Paul Scholes has claimed that Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale would be “perfect” for Manchester United.

The Welshman moved to the Spanish capital last summer and won the Champions League and the Copa del Rey in his opening season, but has endured a difficult campaign this time around, with many Blancos fans appearing to take against him.

He has been whistled by home supporters at the Santiago Bernabeu and even had his car attacked following last weekend’s defeat to Barcelona, prompting speculation he could opt to return to English football.

Scholes believes that the 25-year-old would immediately improve Louis van Gaal’s side should he move back to the Premier League, and even compared the potential impact he could have to the likes of Eric Cantona and Ruud van Nistelrooy.

“My feeling is that he would be perfect for Manchester United,” Scholes wrote in his column for the Evening Standard.

“Of course, as a fan of my former club I would like to see him there but, looking at it objectively, I always felt that Bale was a natural fit for United as he developed at Tottenham from a left-back into one of the best attacking footballers in the country.

“He would be loved at Old Trafford. In return I believe he could turn Louis van Gaal’s team into serious title contenders next season. In my years at United I witnessed some signings who, over their careers, transformed the fortunes of the team.

“From Eric Cantona when I was an apprentice, to Dwight Yorke, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Wayne Rooney. These were great footballers who became great United players. Bale has the potential to make as much of an impact as any of them.”