(Original post by qua)
Fair enough, I think the same applies for AdM though. All the statements he's made since the beginning of last summer were of the tenor that he didn't feel commited to the club; in the (non-Marca or RM-influenced) press and among RM fans it's been more or less an open secret that he wanted out. Of course Peréz is probably interested in making good money from selling him, so there's certainly that factor that made them less reluctant and perhaps very open to sell him, but it's in no way comparable to the Özil, Snejder, Robben situations where players really got "forced out".
Ozil well that was a case of him or Di Maria, nobody put in a big bid for Di Maria so they sold Ozil, but I have no qualms that Di Maria was equally as disposable as Ozil at that point, especially since Di Maria played in the same position as Bale who was bought for €100M but Ozil warranted more value. Higuain senior said e.g. he was supposed to be offered a new deal for him to stay but he wasn't and on sky sports I remember that Higuain said something along the lines of "they try to sell me every season, i'm undervalued at the club." I believe that Di Maria probably is being forced out in a similar way. Perez is supposedly the only person who doesn't want him but he'll get his way at the club.
Naturally. But first, Bayern were linked to Benatia (as well as several other CBs) long before Javi got injured so the CB interest was there and Javi by no means their first-choice CB but rather an option for both positions, and second, that's (Schweini, Thiago, Javi injured) the only reason the Khedira-Bayern links in the press got strong in the past few days and the only senseful reasoning most of the gossip articles used (hence why the "Khedira to Bayern in 2015" conclusion comes a bit out of nowhere, even on the back of that speculation; plus even Bild as well as the reliable Munich press said there was "nothing to it at all").
True, I guess it gets hot since Javi got injured. Tbh with them playing 3atb, you'd expect him to be first choice as well as Boateng, Badstuber would get games too but ofc he's been injured for 2 seasons so it's risky to make him first choice so early.
I guess Khedira to Bayern doesn't seem as plausible as it initially seems.
Don't think Bayern are extending their "weakening ground" beyond the German border; perhaps they'd do it if given the chance, but doubt they'd go as far as securing a player who doesn't fit them at all, who'd steal playing time off their academy players, and whom the manager doesn't seem to rate, just to take revenge on a foreign club/make profit they really don't need and that's relatively small considering their numbers. But more importantly, it's not like Bayern at all to take another club's leftovers after giving one of their best players to them, that'd really put "mia san mia" to shame. It's all speculation though, and it's going off-topic.
He's not injured, Ancelotti rates him, he's more versatile than Alonso and can play 2 mf roles in a 4-3-3 as well as be used in a different system should Ancelotti shift Modric deeper. Simply more chances to play. But again, that's going off-topic.
Fair enough wrt Khedira. How would you know that Ancelotti rates him, has he said it in the press? Ancelotti's style is generally hands off and non inflammatory so he doesn't make it clear if a player is unwanted at the club. Also don't think he's good enough to play in the holding role in the 4-3-3 at Madrid, he's not the greatest of tacklers, gets caught too far forward, all he's really got is strength and work rate.
Ancelotti will have to change system this season I think. He used 4-4-2 last season near the end. So that's a possibility. He'll probably rotate the midfield as Real will have the world club cup and will be challenging for three trophies again this season. The depth will be needed as most teams seem to have two first teams nowadays.
Hmm I get the whole Bayern not being involved in politics thing. Just thought that it would be a fair assumption. Reckon Bayern's squad looks more balanced but weaker personnel wise this season. Think Kroos was good last season but for the league won't be a big miss.