Khedira: Juventus on par with Real Madrid

Khedira: Juventus on par with Real Madrid
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Published July 15th, 2015 - 16:52 GMT via

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Sami Khedira (picture courtesy:
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Sami Khedira does not believe Juventus are inferior to Real Madrid and suggested Spanish football isn't stronger than its Italian counterpart.

The midfielder, 28, spent five seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu, but injuries affected his game time in recent years and he was ignored by coach Carlo Ancelotti for much of 2014-15.

Khedira's contract with the Blancos expired at the end of June, before which it had been announced that he would be linking up with the Scudetto and Coppa Italia holders on a four-year deal.

Juve reached the Champions League final last season – knocking Madrid out en route in the semis – and Khedira lauded the strength of Serie A at his unveiling on Wednesday.

"I wanted a fresh challenge and Juventus give me just that," the Germany international told reporters.

"They're on the same level as Real Madrid.

"It will be a real honour for me to play in this league. It's a tough championship and full of strong sides.

"I don't consider the Italian league to be inferior. It's a high-quality championship and tactically challenging.

"Juve have displayed their ability to compete with top European clubs. I'm here to reach another Champions League final."

Khedira only started seven games in 2014-15 for Madrid – three of which were in the early rounds of the Copa del Rey – and says that lack of match sharpness caused him to work on his fitness through the European footballing holiday window.

"I've been working with a personal trainer over the last two weeks of my holiday," he added.

"I feel in good shape. I'm here to play but I know I have to earn my place in the starting XI.

"There's plenty of competition in midfield. I've played very little competitive football since March, so that's why I chose to work with a personal trainer."

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