Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira has revealed that the club exaggerated the severity of his injury to prevent him from playing.
The German also stated that coach Carlo Ancelotti was instructed by the club’s top bosses not to pick him and they have done everything possible to force him out of the club.
The 28-year-old has now confirmed that he will leave the club in the summer but where he will move to is still unknown.
“You always have to tell the truth. I did have a small injury, a pain in my right heel, but that wasn’t why I wasn’t playing. It wasn’t a complicated injury, I was able to play,” Khedira told Marca.
“I’ve always felt that I’ve had the coach’s backing, but the message indirectly came through to me that I was no longer needed, I was frozen out and wouldn’t have a chance to continue playing.
“Nobody from the club said anything to me directly. It’s all feelings, incidents and comments saying I wouldn’t play anymore. But nobody approached me.
“There were many meetings. The last one was in October. After many conversations, I wasn’t sure about extending my contract by four years. I had doubts and in December I decided that it was better to go down another path and take on new challenges.”
Khedira also hit back at critics who questioned his attitude as he prepares to end his five-year stay with the European champions.
“What has happened this season has hurt me to the bottom of my soul. It’s not the end that I wanted” he added.
“It hurts that I’m accused of a lack of professionalism because I’ve always put the team ahead of myself. I’ve always gone with the truth.
“I’ve felt happy at Real Madrid. I leave with the respect of everybody who’s worked alongside me and with a clear conscience. It’s normal for the press and supporters to criticise me on occasions. That’s football.”
Khedira might return to Germany with Schalke a more likely destination. Though he has been strongly linked with other top clubs in Europe and most especially from England as Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a big fan of the player and is willing to sign him.
Mesut Ozil, who played with Khedira at Madrid before he moved to Arsenal could be instrumental in persuading him to make a switch to the Emirates.