Sami Khedira gave a typically calm and almost disdainful interview to the press today. It was in response to reports earlier this week that Mesut Ozil and Jose Mourinho do not get along - and that there are several squad factions which is causion difficulty in the locker-room.
Sami Khedira and Mesut Özil laugh at their critics
Midfield player Sami Khedira explains that, like Mesut Özil, he always has a good laugh over what the Spanish newspapers write about them. He also plays down the rumours that there are any problems between Jose Mourinho and Mesut Özil.
Sami Khedira has confirmed publically that there are no problems between Jose Mourinho and Mesut Özil. "The coach and Mesut have zero problems with one another" (null Komma null ein Problem miteinander)
says the 25 year old in an interview with Sport Bild
. Recently it was rumoured in the Spanish press that Jose Mourinho had harangued his play-maker in front of his assembled team and that their relationship had entered the deep-freeze.
Sami Khedira takes Spanish media reports in stride. Extreme criticism and effusive praise do not affect the national team player. Indeed, he and his teammates have a good laugh sometimes over the reports that are printed.
"We laugh over the praise and the criticism," explains Khedira. "One day Mesut is a magician from another galaxy, the next he's of fourth-division quality. We can't possibly take this seriously."
Khedira takes the gap between Real Madrid and Barcelona far more seriously - 13 points through the latter part of the season. We haven't functioned well as a team and were struggling as individuals. Like last year, we have to start competing as a unit.
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